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  • Writer's pictureManushya Foundation

🔇🚫You may censor us, but you cannot silence us.

🗓On March 10, we observe the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship! Governments around the world, especially authoritarian ones, are muzzling their critics and controlling the narrative through various means, and we are taking this opportunity to highlight them.

📱In recent decades, the digital space has become a vital platform for speaking up against human rights violations, inequalities, and all forms of injustices in a way that was previously impossible. The voices of the oppressed are no longer silenced.

📌 For this exact reason, authoritarian governments are struggling to restrict the internet and bring its people under control. Cyber censorship may look like:

🔴 Removal of critical content

🔴 Blocking of access to websites instigating systemic reforms

🔴 Prosecutions and imprisonments of online activists

🔴 Harassments, trolling, doxxing, or information warfare, leading to self-censorship

💪🏻 True democracy will only be achieved if the right to freedom of expression, including online, is respected. It is up to all of us to protect it!

✊ Manushya Foundation is committed to defending online freedom, promoting democracy, and bringing justice to violations of digital rights across Southeast Asia. We condemn all attempts to suppress dissent by authoritarian governments around the region!

➡️ Join our campaign to fight online censorship by using #StopDigitalDictatorship

🎨 Collaboration with @ivana_kurniawati

👉🏽 Read our past efforts to combat digital authoritarianism and advocate for a more open and secure internet in Southeast Asia:

  1. Freedom on the Net 2022: Internet Freedom Remained Under Threat in Thailand, 19 October 2022

  2. Joint Submission to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression: Freedom, Independence, Diversity of Media and the Safety of Journalists in Southeast Asia, January 2022

  3. Joint Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights: Human Rights Due Diligence, Tech Sector Responsibilities and Business Transparency, February 2022

  4. Joint Submission to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights 'The Right to Privacy in the Digital Age: Mass surveillance, Digital Contact-tracing, Social Media Monitoring, and Data Requests in Southeast Asia', June 2022

  5. Thailand UPR III Factsheet on Digital Rights, 9 September 2021

  6. Thailand UPR III Joint Submission on Digital Rights to the 39th Session of the UPR Working Group: Digital Rights, 25 March 2021


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