Stories about Human Rights from September, 2020
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Over 3,000 women from Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Senegal, and South Africa, were interviewed about their "perceptions of digital safety" and online gender-based violence in a new, large-scale study by Pollicy.
If approved, a new scheme limiting the definition of officially recognized media will deliver a serious blow to freelance journalists and student reporters.
Of the 2,587 people who responded to an online survey conducted by The Stand News, 96 percent said they fear "loss of free speech."
"Muay bravely stood up to protect the environment. Muay does not deserve to be let alone imprisoned from taking this stand."
"The alarming increase in such actions against journalists confirms that the government is bent on muzzling freedom of expression."
The Omani Sultanate passed a new decree giving security authorities further control over the internet.
While social media and WhatsApp have been extensively leveraged by demonstrators to organize, document, and sprawl the protest, Lebanese authorities have resorted to identifying and persecuting dissidents.
As researchers, it is very difficult to know how, or even if, high profile global announcements are actually impacting users in Latin America.
Assaulted female journalist insisted on reporting the incident to the police and tracking the attacker, as a way to stand up to a culture of impunity for violence against journalists.
Suzhou – a Chinese city near Shanghai – launched a “civility code” in early September to rank citizens’ civility. As negative comments flooded in, the city called an end to the testing.
"It shows the increased intolerance by the government on freedom of expression and that they are trying to cover up the crimes and corruption of the military."
In Democratic Republic of Congo, a citizen movement is underway to reclaim digital rights that have been violated for years under a vague and outdated legislation.
In January 2018, the Malawi Communications Regulatory Authority (MACRA) announced a mandatory national sim card registration exercise tied to the national ID process.
In Sudan, social media platforms struggle to enforce guidelines and rules regarding content deemed harmful such as hate speech and disinformation.
Group effort, research, perseverance, and Global Voices' journalism played a key role
The protest featured the unfurling of a banner that read: “Is the internet being shut down to hide war crimes and killing people?”
Intrusions on citizens’ privacy in Lebanon are pervasive and often conducted without proper judicial oversight.
"The extradition to the US of a publisher and journalist, for engaging in journalistic activities while in Europe, would set a very dangerous precedent."