Launching Muhal: Freedom of expression online watch

Join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, February 27 for the launch of Muhal, an open database that documents online freedom of expression violations.

We have collected data, including the charges, the punishment, and a description of each case, from local news articles and independent sources. By aggregating and publishing the details of these violations, Muhal shines a light on the threat to online freedom of expression.

In 2018, we recorded 43 online freedom of expression violations compared to 16 in 2017 and just 7 in 2016. These violations range from informal phone calls from the Cybercrime Bureau to multi-day detentions. Even when these informal detentions do not result in arrests, they contribute to a culture of self-censorship and weaken the environment around freedom of speech.

At our Masaha, Executive Director Mohamad Najem will briefly take users on a tour of the database, explain how they can upload unreported cases to the site, and answer any questions participants might have.

Check the Facebook event here.

This page is available in a different language العربية (Arabic) هذه الصفحة متوفرة بلغة مختلفة

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SMEX is a registered Lebanese NGO that works to advance self-regulating information societies in the Middle East and North Africa.

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