| |UN Expert: Content moderation should not trample free speech
Both States and companies have a duty to ensure that moderation of content online does not infringe on free expression, said David Kaye, UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression. The best way to do this, is to use human rights as the basis for any rules.
19 July 2018
| |Mass surveillance: exceptional measure or dangerous habit?
Digital communications technologies have revolutionized the way human beings interact, but Deputy High Commissioner for Human Rights Flavia Pansieri warns of the very real impact that governmental surveillance of digital communications can have on a range of human rights.
13 November 2014
| |Plan to protect journalists reviewed
Attacks against journalists and the shocking levels of impunity for those attacks are unacceptable, says UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein. There needs to be a coordinated effort from all sides to ensure that each State creates and sustains an enabling environment for journalists.
7 November 2014
| |Safety of journalists: States must act to end impunity
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay says States must act to address impunity: that every act of violence against a journalist that goes uninvestigated and unpunished is an open invitation to further violence.
13 June 2014
| |The right to privacy in the digital age
UN Human Rights Chief Navi Pillay describes a ‘blurring of lines between the public and private sphere” brought about by modern communications technology and the challenges this poses to ensuring effective protection of the right to privacy.
1 November 2013
| |States should respect people’s right to privacy- UN expert
Modern State surveillance techniques impede individual’s ability to freely express themselves, seek and receive information, consequently infringing on their right to privacy, finds Frank La Rue, UN expert on freedom of expression.
19 July 2013
| |The right to send out “inconvenient” information
Journalists should not be intimidated, imprisoned, tortured or killed for telling “inconvenient” truths, notes the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression, Frank La Rue, in his latest report to the Human Rights Council.
21 June 2012
| |Internet must be free but handled with care
A free and uncensored internet is important for democracy and human rights but there are dangers and challenges which must be accepted and managed according to panelists at a special event to commemorate Human Rights Day in Geneva.
9 December 2011
| |Freedom of expression and new media
For the first time the UN Human Rights Committee considers new media in the context of the rights to freedom of opinion and expression, stressing that access must be protected.
1 September 2011
| |Using social media to promote human rights
The Internet Freedom Fellows, a group of bloggers and journalists, gathered at the UN to talk about the importance of a free Internet for the promotion of human rights and freedom of expression.
10 August 2011
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Ms. Irene Khan
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