RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance

first_imgThe coalition, co-led by the Gulf Centre for Human Rights and Access Now, welcomes all civil society organizations working to defend freedom of expression, privacy, and fundamental rights to become an active member. Collective civil society action including strategic litigation, public campaigns, regional and international advocacy, and documentation of surveillance cases and human rights violations, will be key to eliminating digital surveillance tools and ensuring human rights across MENA. Access Now ARTICLE 19 Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) Front Line Defenders Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) Human Rights Watch (HRW) Iraqi Network for Social Media (INSM) Jordan Open Source Association (JOSA) Masaar – Technology and Law Community Red Line for Gulf Reporters Without Borders (RSF) SMEX United Arab EmiratesSaudi ArabiaMorocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression From Morocco to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), governments in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region are using digital surveillance tools to identify, surveil, and silence dissidents, journalists, and human rights defenders. Launching on 07 June 2021, the new MENA Coalition to Combat Digital Surveillance has come together to end the sales of digital surveillance tools to repressive governments in the region, fight for a safe and open internet, defend human rights, and protect human rights defenders, journalists, and internet users from governments’ prying eyes. RSF_en As spyware continues to be sold in the Middle East and North Africa, where it is used to identify, monitor and silence journalists, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) has joined a coalition that seeks to end the sale of surveillance technology in the region and to protect journalists against it. June 8, 2021 RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance News News Receive email alerts The murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi on 02 October 2018 demonstrated both the dangerous consequences of targeted surveillance, and the extent of secrecy and impunity in which authoritarian regimes in the region can obtain and deploy sophisticated and oppressive spyware tools. More than two years later, there has been no real accountability for the government involved, while the NSO Group —whose surveillance tools were allegedly used to target Jamal Khashoggi and Saudi associates living in exile — has continued to implicate itself  in egregious human rights violations in the region and around the world. Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists The joint statement by the coalition’s members is available here in English and Arabic. Related documents coalition_to_end_the_sales_of_surveillance_technology_to_the_mena_region_-_june_2021.pdfPDF – 145.41 KB Joint statement by the coalition’s members: Help by sharing this information Organisation News June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further News Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election Follow the news on Middle East – North Africa United Arab EmiratesSaudi ArabiaMorocco / Western SaharaMiddle East – North Africa Protecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources InternetFreedom of expression Coalition members The coalition was officially launched during the public session at RightsCon, Protecting Human Rights Defenders and Activists: Coalition to End the Sales of Surveillance Technology to the MENA Region on Monday, June 7 at 16:45 CET. June 11, 2021 Find out more June 3, 2021 Find out morelast_img

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