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IBAHRI Freedom of Expression bulletin

Freedom of Expression Bulletin

The IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an insight into issues relating to the freedom of expression globally, highlighting current threats and trends to this fundamental right, and monitoring cases and situations where this right is violated. Now more than ever, access to information and the freedom to scrutinise government actions in responding to the Covid-19 crisis should be permitted.

Issue 19 - 23 March 2021

The latest issue of the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin includes an update on the ongoing crackdown of free expression in India, a summary of the recently announced UK National Action Plan for the Safety of Journalists and attacks against journalists and media workers across the globe.

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Issue 18 - 17 February 2021

In this issue, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the ongoing crackdown in Myanmar, Belarus and Russia following mass protests, mounting pressure on social media companies in India and Pakistan and ongoing disruptions and restrictions to the internet.

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Issue 17 - 16 December 2020

Throughout November 2020, the International Bar Associations Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) Secretariat to The High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom organised launch events for the three remaining reports produced by the Panel. The series of four advisory reports focus on improving international mechanisms to enforce international human rights norms.

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Issue 16 - 6 November 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the ongoing crackdown in Tanzania following elections, Russian and Iranian state-sponsored hackers infiltration of US government networks with an aim to undermine, influence and interfere in the presidential election and the decline of media freedom and attacks against journalists across the world.

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Issue 15 - 21 October 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the internet shutdown in Guinea ahead of elections, deterioration of press freedom and attacks against journalists in Egypt and a ground-breaking judgment on indiscriminate government mass surveillance regimes passed by the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU).

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Issue 14 - 8 October 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on a new personal data protection law in Egypt, a mass surveillance programme being implemented in the Netherlands, and further attacks on journalists worldwide.

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Issue 13 - 23 September 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the impact of restrictive legislation on freedom of expression ahead of upcoming elections, further arrests of journalists covering the pandemic and a crackdown on free speech and digital rights.

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Issue 12 - 9 September 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on states of emergency during the pandemic, privacy concerns regarding contact tracing apps and an update on the situation in Belarus.

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Issue 11 - 25 August 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the presentation of Cambodia’s draft ‘Law on Public Order’, the European Union’s new travel surveillance measures and further attacks on journalists around the world.

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Issue 10 - 12 August 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin provides an update on the approved Social Media law in Turkey proposed to strengthen state control of social media platforms, addresses ongoing privacy concerns regarding contact tracing apps and details the year of restrictions in the Jammu and Kashmir region.

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Issue 9 - 28 July 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin covers the steady use of the new Anti-Terrorism Act recently passed in the Philippines, increasing arrests of journalists under Cambodia's Press Law and privacy concerns raised regarding location settings in contract tracing apps.

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Issue 8 - 14 July 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin covers the approval of amendments to the administrative code in Tajikistan to criminalise ‘false news’, how protests in Ethiopia sparked the shutting down of the internet in the country and Russian journalist Svetlana Prokopyeva, who was found guilty of ‘publicly justifying terrorism’.

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Issue 7 - 30 June 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin covers the implications of the national security bill in Hong Kong, contact tracing apps’ data privacy implications and an update on arrests of journalists worldwide.

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Issue 6 - 16 June 2020

This week, the IBAHRI Freedom of Expression Bulletin covers the advances in untested technological surveillance in Singapore and highlights vast numbers of physical assaults against journalists reporting on anti-racism protests in the US.

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Issue 5 - 2 June 2020

The fifth issue of the FOE bulletin considers the implications of restraining freedom of speech on democratic stability during the pandemic, and draws attention to reported incidents of violence and harassment to journalists around the globe.

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Issue 4 - 19 May 2020

The latest issue of the FOE Bulletin focuses on the impact of technological advancements, including contact tracing apps and bulk personal data collection, on fundamental rights during the Covid-19 pandemic.

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Issue 3 - 5 May 2020

To mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day, the High Level Panel of Legal Experts on Media Freedom issued a statement on 1 May 2020 on the challenges posed to media freedom in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic. The International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) acts as Secretariat to the High Level Panel.

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Issue 2 - 21 April 2020

The second issue of the FOE Bulletin assesses privacy and surveillance developments in states such as Azerbaijan, which now requires citizens to obtain an electronic permit in order to leave their home, and examines media restrictions in places including Algeria, Egypt and Venezuela.

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Issue 1 - 7 April 2020

The first issue of the FOE Bulletin assesses developments in states such as Hungary, which has extended emergency legislation, and examines government-imposed internet shutdowns in places including Ethiopia, Kashmir and Bangladesh.

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