“ARTICLE 19 strongly urges all G8 states to reject any attempt to impose stricter regulations of the Internet. To the contrary, we urge G8 states and other states to fully implement their international human rights obligations on freedom of expression with respect to Internet access according to the UN Special Rapporteur’s specific recommendations,” said Dr Agnes Callamard, ARTICLE 19 Executive Director.
At this time of heightened debate on Internet-based speech, ARTICLE 19 welcomes the important and timely report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, on the internet and freedom of expression, which will be presented to the UN Human Rights Council on 3 June 2011.
The UN Special Rapporteur expressed “deep concern” about “increasingly sophisticated technologies to block content, monitor and identify activists and critics, criminalisation of legitimate expression, and adoption of restrictive legislation to justify measures,” as well as the lack of transparency surrounding such measures, particularly when they appear to be used to prevent the dissemination of information that is embarrassing to governments.
ARTICLE 19 strongly endorses the UN Special Rapporteur’s recommendations, which stipulate that there should be as “little restriction as possible to flow of information via the Internet, except in a few, exceptional and limited circumstances.”
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• The G8 is meeting in Deauville, France, on 26 and 27 May 2011
• For the Report of the UN Special Rapporteur on the promotion and promotion of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue 16 May 2011 A/HRC/17/27, please click of the following link:
• For ARTICLE 19’s summary of the key points of the Special Rapporteur’s report, please click on the following link: