GNI expresses deep concern about new laws targeting social media and private messaging services in Türkiye, adding to significant pressure on ICT intermediaries in the country at a sensitive political moment. We call on Turkish authorities to reconsider these amendments and allow greater debate and deliberation on its broader legal framework for content regulation.
In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict. In particular, regulators should limit and clarify circumstances where proactive detection of harmful content is required.
GNI issued a statement outlining a series of concerns regarding the impacts of the EU's sanctions on Russian broadcasters on freedom of expression. GNI recognizes the legitimate concerns about the Russian government's efforts to spread disinformation and propaganda regarding its unwarranted invasion of Ukraine, and the EU's right to respond to these threats. In sharing and publishing this statement, GNI seeks to highlight where the EU's current approach can be amended to ensure harms to freedom of expression are mitigated.
In our submission, we emphasize that international human rights law should always be at the center of company and government decisions related to freedom of expression, including during times of conflict.
GNI welcomes the the opportunity to provide input to the US government's second National Action Plan on Responsible Business Conduct.
GNI welcomes the recent Declaration for the Future of the Internet, in particular the centrality of human rights and the emphasis placed on multistakeholder approaches. As a multistakeholder organization that has been working for over a dozen years to protect digital rights, GNI looks forward to continuing to engage with signatories and stakeholders, and will work to hold signatory nations to the principles laid out in this Declaration. Read more for the full statement.
GNI Statement: Proposed Amendments to Address “Cyberbullying” in Kazakhstan Likely to Further Restrict Speech and Privacy Online
GNI expresses concern about proposed amendments to Kazakhstan’s Law on Informatization. While the amendments’ stated goal is to reduce cyberbullying, it appears they will impose significant risks for freedom of expression and privacy in Kazakhstan and undermine this goal. The amendments could impose monitoring obligations on a wide range of ICT companies, increase the government’s authority to order content restrictions, and threaten shutdown of access to services that fail to comply. Read more for the full statement.
GNI Statement on Protecting and Respecting Freedom of Expression and Privacy in the Context of Russia’s Invasion of Ukraine
GNI joins the broader global community in expressing shock, opprobrium, and deep dismay about the unjustified Russian invasion of Ukraine. In addition to the physical attacks being perpetrated against Ukraine, the Russian government has taken active steps to undermine and restrict access to accurate information in Ukraine and Russia, as well as spreading disinformation and propaganda. GNI condemns all violations of the rights to freedom of expression unequivocally. Read more in our full statement.
The broadened scope and expanded penalties for critical speech in the Amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act follow previous concerns GNI has raised about rushed processes for content regulation and undue restrictions on intermediaries providing services in Pakistan.
GNI recently submitted comment on the draft digital platform regulation from the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC). GNI is concerned about the rushed process, including overlap with a similar proposal from the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, as well as the risks to digital rights from the significant obligations in the draft regulation. GNI stands ready to engage with the BTRC in support of rights-respecting content regulation.