Facebook’s Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Sri Lanka: Some brief thoughts

First reading Facebook released the company's Human Rights Impact Assessment for Sri Lanka today. At the time of writing, Joshua Brustein writing for Bloomberg has one of the first takes on the report, highlighting Facebook's apology for its role in Sri Lanka's violence. Commissioned by Facebook, the report was conducted and written by Article One. … Continue reading Facebook’s Human Rights Impact Assessment (HRIA) on Sri Lanka: Some brief thoughts

Sunday Leader and Psiphon win Freedom of Expression awards, but in UAE you can’t access one

After reporting that it was shortlisted in late March, I'm happy to see that the Sunday Leader has won the journalism award in the 2009 Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression Award. The Index on Censorship Freedom of Expression awards honour those who have made outstanding contributions to the promoting of free expression. As I … Continue reading Sunday Leader and Psiphon win Freedom of Expression awards, but in UAE you can’t access one

Censored – Forum theatre on freedom of expression at a time of war

"What is freedom of expression? Without the freedom to offend, it ceases to exist. Without the freedom to challenge, even to satirise all orthodoxies, including religious orthodoxies, it ceases to exist. Language and the imagination cannot be imprisoned, or art will die, and with it, a little of what makes us human." Salman Rushdie, Imaginary Homelands … Continue reading Censored – Forum theatre on freedom of expression at a time of war

The charges against Tissainayagam: Implications for bloggers in Sri Lanka

Tissa’s case is more than a set of ludicrous charges against an individual. The charges, the length of time he was held without any charge and the manner in which he was treated while imprisoned are all carefully engineered to generate fear and anxiety amongst independent journalists and media. In this, the Rajapakse regime has … Continue reading The charges against Tissainayagam: Implications for bloggers in Sri Lanka

The great firewall of China sadly persists despite Olympics

"China has only continued to tighten censorship of the Internet as the Olympics draw near, not loosen up as expected. That's the conclusion of activists who monitor the state of censorship in China. They say that a number of China-related that events, such as the unrest in Tibet and the recent earthquakes, have caused authorities … Continue reading The great firewall of China sadly persists despite Olympics

Online Free Expression Day – 12th March

  Reporters Without Borders has launched the first Online Free Expression Day today. To denounce government censorship of the Internet and to demand more online freedom, Reporters Without Borders is calling on Internet users to come and protest in online versions of nine countries that are Internet enemies during the 24 hours from 11 a.m. … Continue reading Online Free Expression Day – 12th March