Press Release 2012
November 8th, 2012
Egypt - Blocking internet websites a new step towards suppression of freedom of expression
Virtual Activism has learnt with great concern of the Egyptian public prosecutor’s decision on November 7th 2012, to “block internet porn sites” and any images or visuals that “threaten the values and morals of the Egyptian family and national security”.
Several issues need to be taken into consideration:
Enemies of the Internet report by Reporters without Borders
This report, which presents the 2012 list of countries that are “Enemies of the Internet” and “under surveillance,” updates the report published on 12 March 2011.
Letter to Congress regarding SOPA
On 15 November, over 60 civil and human rights organizations, including Virtual Activism, wrote a letter to Congress urging the rejection of SOPA [Stop Online Piracy Act ]. The following is part of the text of the letter sent to Congress:
Re: H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act
As press freedom and human rights advocates, we write to express our deep concern with H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA).
Citizen's Media Law Project publishes an online guide to reporting on Occupy Wall Street
A Citizen's Guide to Reporting on #OccupyWallStreet: this online guide is a project of Citizen's Media Law Project and its aim is to provide a legal guide to activists on the ground involved in the Occupy Wall Street movement. [link] However this guide specifically addresses the law as it pertains to New York City and the protests currently occurring in Zuccotti Park. The information provided will not apply with respect to the other #occupy protests throughout the country.