324 Congress Members Who Should Permanently Quarantine 22 Jul 2020; posted by the editor - United States
By David Swanson
The U.S. House of Misrepresentatives on Tuesday voted 324 to 93 (with 13 not voting) to defeat a proposal to move a mere 10% of military spending to human, environmental, and health needs.
Dismay over Philippine journalist Maria Ressa's prison sentence 15 Jun 2020; posted by the editor - Journalism, Philippines
Press watchdog Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is calling on the Phillipine judiciary to overturn a journalist convition and jail sentence following what RSF said was a Kafkaesque court case.
COVID-Tech: the sinister consequences of immunity passports 10 Jun 2020; posted by the editor - Features, Health, Human Rights, Technology, International
In EDRi’s series on COVID-19, COVIDTech, we explore the critical principles for protecting fundamental rights while curtailing the spread of the virus, as outlined in the EDRi network’s statement on the pandemic. Each post in this series tackles a specific issue at the intersection of digital rights and the global pandemic in order to explore broader questions about how to protect fundamental rights in a time of crisis.
COVID infodemic and the lure of censorship 13 May 2020; posted by the editor - General, Health, Human Rights, Journalism, Technology, Internet news
Article by Chloé Berthélémy, EDRi Policy Advisor
In EDRi's series on COVID-19, COVIDTech, we will explore the critical principles for protecting fundamental rights while curtailing the spread of the virus, as outlined in the EDRi network's statement on the virus. Each post in this series will tackle a specific issue at the intersection of digital rights and the global pandemic in order to explore broader questions about how to protect fundamental rights in a time of crisis. In our statement, we emphasised the principle that states must “defend freedom of expression and information". In this second post of the series, we take a look at the impact on freedom of expression and information that the measures to fight the spread of misinformation could have. Automated tools, content-analysing algorithms, state-sponsored content moderation, all have become normal under COVID-19, and it is a threat to many of our essential fundamental rights.
Fiji reminded of press freedom’s importance in tackling Covid-19 28 Apr 2020; posted by the editor - Health, Human Rights, Fiji
Reporters Without Borders (RSF) condemns an op-ed by a pro-government military commander in Fiji defending curbs on freedom of expression and freedom of the press in order to enforce the lockdown imposed by the government to combat the coronavirus pandemic.
RSF calls on Trump administration to allow free flow of information on coronavirus 23 Apr 2020; posted by the editor - Health, Journalism, International, United States
Journalists covering the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States and their journalistic sources have faced access denials and retaliation for their reporting on the virus, press freedoms watchdog Reporters Without Borders reports.
Lyra McKee and press freedom 19 Apr 2020; posted by the editor - United Kingdom, Northern Ireland
On the eve of the first anniversary of the killing of journalist Lyra McKee, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) reported on the worrying press freedom climate in Northern Ireland, including alarming ongoing threats to journalists covering organised crime and paramilitary activities, and a troubling legal environment. RSF calls on the UK authorities to address these serious issues as a matter of urgent priority to prevent further acts of violence, and to improve the broader press freedom situation in Northern Ireland and the wider UK.
Cuba peace alliance condemns US military activity in region 14 Apr 2020; posted by the editor - Caribbean, Cuba, United States, Venezuela
The Cuban Movement for Peace and Sovereignty of the Peoples has issued a strongly worded statement condemning what is says are the most recent warlike escalations undertaken by the President of the United States Donald Trump against the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and Cuba.
A Department of Actual Defense in a Time of Coronavirus 03 Apr 2020; posted by the editor - United States
By David Swanson
When a few thousand people were murdered on 11 September, 2001, I was actually stupid enough - I kid you not - to imagine that the general public would conclude that because massive military forces, nuclear arsenals, and foreign bases had done nothing to prevent and much to provoke those crimes, the U.S. government would need to start scaling back its single biggest expense. By 12 September it was clear that the opposite course would be followed.
Bolivia: The Struggle For Democracy Is Not Over 31 Jan 2020; posted by the editor - Human Rights, International, Bolivia
U.S Peace Council Statement
In early January 2020, the Trump Administration's assassination of a top Iranian general in Baghdad, Iraq brought the US and Iran to the brink of a major war. Understandably, that crisis shoved many other crises to the sidelines.