Freedom Of Expression Online

Call for Stories: Technology and Human Rights at the Qatar World Cup

The FIFA World Cup is an exciting event for many around the world. For those in the Arab region, this event will be even more special given that it’s taking place in the region for the first time.  SMEX is calling for story pitches on the intersection of technology and human rights in the context …

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Lebanon protests: Authorities prey on digital spaces to silence criticism

This article is a crosspost from Global Voices. Editor’s note: This article is part of UPROAR, a Small Media initiative that is urging governments to address digital rights challenges at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR).  As new protests erupt in Lebanon, online repression is set to continue. In recent weeks, protests escalated as the country …

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Hacklab 5: Freedom of Expression Online

In our fifth hacklab of “Abtal el-fada’ el-raqmi” (أبطال الفضاء الرقمي), we hosted a discussion on freedom of expression online, the threats it faces, and ways to protect it. We then interviewed our digital heroes to produce a video tackling local laws and practices regulating expression online.

UN Special Rapporteur Meets with Local Free Speech Advocates

     BEIRUT, Lebanon, Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 — Dozens of free speech advocates and civil society leaders gathered at the SMEX office in Badaro last night to engage with UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression David Kaye. They held a lively conversation on …

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Self-Expression is not a Crime: Release Bassel al-Amin

Feature image via Mawtoura:  A Lebanese satirical blog. Bassel al-Amin, a Lebanese journalism student in his early 20s, is still detained two days after his interrogation over a Facebook status. On December 6, 2016, Bassel al-Amin was summoned to the Public Prosecution’s office, under the orders of Judge Randa Yaqthan, over comments he made online. …

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