Stories about Free Expression from November, 2020
New rules vesting the government with the power to regulate online content and ban entire platforms drew criticism from human rights groups and tech companies.
Pakistan recently adopted new rules imposing fines and bans on services that fail to take down and restrict content within short time frames.
"Do not go into public life and make laws and decisions for your own good or for your own protection as is seen with the banning of Facebook."
In Colombia, a new generation of journalists are fighting self-censorship and investigating corruption.
"What we are facing now is not just the survival of Apple Daily but the whole independent media sector."
Malaysian students face sedition probe over Facebook post urging the king not to interfere in politics
"Academic scholarship and promotion of human rights cannot flourish in an atmosphere of censorship and disproportionate restriction of speech and expression."
European Court of Human Rights verdict vindicates Macedonian columnist convicted of defamation in 2010
"This verdict is important for Macedonian journalists, columnists, and overall, for the people that appear in public, as it encourages them to be principled, honest, brave and persistent."
Weaponizing digital blackouts or social media clamp down by Algeria, Ethiopia, Guinea, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania is an ominous sign of a deeply problematic system of governance.
African governments are using school examinations and politically charged moments as an excuse to effect digital blackouts or clamp down on social media.
This article offers a snapshot of challenges to freedom of expression in Sri Lanka during the month of October, 2020.