Freedom of expression

Many civil society activities cancelled
Many civil society activities cancelled 15 November 2005 APC

Many international NGOs taking part in WSIS have collectively decided to cancel their activities planned for today at WSIS. This measure is intended to make government, private sector and civil society delegates aware of the human rights violations that have been adding up since the beginning of PrepCom3 resumed. It is also a clear showing of solidarity with all independent NGOs in Tunisia who seem to have to put up with police repression on a daily basis. Interview with Anriette Esterhuysen ...

Cause for concern: how free is free?
Cause for concern: how free is free? 15 November 2005 APC

IFEX Action Alert Network, the International Freedom of eXpression Clearing House has come out with a statement quoting Article 19 to point to attacks on journalists and others at the WSIS by the authorities. This statement is being distributed on behalf of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) Civil Society’s Media Caucus.

Mail & Guardian highlights police brutality
Mail & Guardian highlights police brutality 15 November 2005 APC

Mail and Guardian Online from South Africa is quoting APC to report on the manhandling, insulting and beating of journalists and human rights defenders at the WSIS.

Flagrant violation of human rights
Flagrant violation of human rights 14 November 2005 APC

Under the incredulous eyes of the participants at the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), journalists and human rights defenders were manhandled, insulted, and then violently beaten. APCNews reports from Tunis.

Online protest ... an alternative home
Online protest ... an alternative home 14 November 2005 APC

Since the official website of the Online Protest is censored as you can check for yourself here http://www.yezzi.org. I copied all pics from the protest on flickr cause I thought you might like to discover this online protest http://flickr.com/photos/yezzi/sets/1366354/. It is a virtual online protest to say “Yezzi…Fock” which means “Enough is Enough”. They just ca...

It's another world out there...
It's another world out there... 14 November 2005 APC

Inter-Press Service, the alternate Third World-focussed news agency, has these stories related to the WSIS. Given its alternative perspective, it reminds us of some diverse perspectives which the first-to-break-the-news Western media often overlooks… or simply prefers not to highlight. One interesting piece is Media Enemies to Share UN Spotlight by Marty Logan.

In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control
In Tunis, internet governance rhymes with state control 14 November 2005 APC

Today, the website of the Citizens’ Summit on the Information Society (CSIS) was effectively off-line for all web users in Tunisia. It appears that Tunisian authorities have started to intensify their crackdown on legitimate initiatives related to the World Summit on the information Society (WSIS). Blocking the access to the www.citizens-summit.org is the latest in a series of measures in...

"WSIS will enlighten my people" --Tunisian activist declares
"WSIS will enlighten my people" --Tunisian activist declares 26 January 2005 Dafne Plou, APC for Les Penelopes

Sihem Bensedrine, from OLPEC (National Council for Tunisian Freedom) believes that holding the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), in her country in November 2005, will help Tunisian people realise the importance of their right to communicate. It will also encourage work for changes in the communication field in our country, she added.

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