Regulating online streaming, millions invested in surveillance and a call to protect online civic space

Recent articles in Americas

De-indexing and silencing, a trial to watch, persecuted journalists and a perverse technology

November 2021 in the Americas: A free expression round up produced by IFEX’s Regional Editor Paula Martins, based on IFEX member reports and news from the region.

Police aerial surveillance endangers our ability to protest

The California Highway Patrol directed aerial surveillance, mostly done by helicopters, over protests in Berkeley, Oakland, Palo Alto, Placerville, Riverside, Sacramento, San Francisco, and San Luis Obispo. Dragnet aerial surveillance is often unconstitutional.

Educational gag orders: Legislative restrictions on the freedom to read, learn, and teach

Between January and September 2021, 24 legislatures across the United States introduced 54 separate bills intended to restrict teaching and training in K-12 schools, higher education, and state agencies and institutions. The majority of these bills target discussions of race, racism, gender, and American history.