Stories about Law from May, 2019
Nearly two dozen African countries have passed Right to Information laws. But while strong in principle, many have faltered in practice.
"The fact is you can't control platforms were information is circulated, attempts to do such undermines the role of democracy and freedom that is enshrined under the constitution."
The law gives broad, unchecked powers to government ministers to determine what online information is "false" and should thus be censored or corrected.
Rather than protecting individuals’ rights, exceptions to the GDPR in some countries are limiting freedom of expression, eroding privacy, and abetting the spread of disinformation.
"...the case of Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo is proof that journalists are in constant risk of political reprisal for keeping power in check."