Censorship

In jurisdictions around the world, there are laws or administrative practices that can be abused to censor critical voices on- and offline.

Criminal defamation laws are easily abused by authorities to limit scrutiny and to stifle public debates, and are often used against journalists reporting on controversial issues, or members of the public expressing themselves online.

Equally, laws that criminalise so-called “false news” provide public authorities with a powerful instrument to control journalistic activities: allowing public officials to decide what counts as truth is tantamount to accepting that the forces in power have a right to silence any opposition.    Like ‘hate speech’ or terrorism, the notion of “fake news” is too vague to prevent subjective and arbitrary interpretation.

Laws that seek to deal with the dissemination of unlawful content on social media also often fail to comply with international standards, by being too broad and therefore encouraging social media platforms to over-censor.

While forms of censorship have evolved with the growth of the internet as a space for expression, efforts by states to restrict the right to freedom of opinion and expression through vague and broad provisions are still a frequent occurrence.

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Turkey: Cumhuriyet journalist Ahmet Şık faces re-trial and up to 37 years in prison

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Turkey: Re-arrest of novelist Ahmet Altan is arbitrary and cruel

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Event: Resisting censorship in Turkey

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Iran: Protests met with violent crackdown and online censorship

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Breaking: Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan re-arrested after one week of freedom
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Breaking: Turkish novelist Ahmet Altan re-arrested after one week of freedom

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Turkey: Altans & others still in jail as retrial commences on new bogus terrorism charges

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UAE: Open letter to the Emirati authorities to free human rights defender Ahmed Mansoor on his 50th birthday

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Iran: Satirist Kioomars Marzban sentenced to 11 years
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Iran: Satirist Kioomars Marzban sentenced to 11 years

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