State-mandated internet shutdowns are becoming more frequent as governments use these to quell dissent and silence critics. Can citizens push back against these shutdowns by taking their own states to court? Do countries in the Global South have a legal framework to address and counter internet shutdowns? “Dialling in the Law: A Comparative Assessment of […]
On Monday, former CNN journalist, Maria Ressa, was convicted of “cyber libel” by a court in the Philippines. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler – a news website that has frequently investigated and critically reported on Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte, who has referred to the site as “fake news”. The conviction has […]
In September, Indonesian, Ugandan and Tanzanian authorities went to bat for their heads of state by cracking down on media and individuals who criticize them online. Over on the subcontinent, the courts played a crucial role in enabling access to the internet for citizens, while elsewhere, Ethiopia hosted the 2019 Forum on Internet Freedom in Africa.