WhatsApp blocks accounts of at least seven Gaza Strip journalists NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say News Facebook’s Oversight Board is just a stopgap, regulation urgently needed, RSF says News RSF_en October 29, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 COICA, a repressive bill that threatens Internet users worldwide, must be stopped News Related documents Open lettre to senator Leahy against COICAPDF – 56.89 KB United StatesAmericas Reporters Without Borders joins other international NGOs and free speech experts in urging the U.S. Congress to abandon consideration of the proposed Combating Online Infringement and Counterfeits Act (COICA), which Sen. Patrick Leahy introduced into the Senate on 21 September. At the Center for Democracy & Technology’s initiative, nine organizations and experts, including Reporters Without Borders, have sent the attached letter to the senator.COICA’s provisions include introducing a system of Internet filtering to protect copyright. Internet service providers would have to block websites on a blacklist controlled by the Attorney General’s office. According to the Electronic Frontier Foundation, sites such as SoundCloud (a music remix site), MediaFire (a file hosting site) or even Slyck (where copyright issues are discussed) could be rendered inaccessible.Even more disturbing is the fact that domain names blocked by the United States to comply with this domestic law would be rendered inaccessible throughout the world. In other words, the proposed censorship would extend well beyond the U.S. borders and would affect Internet users worldwide.As the letter says, COICA stands in complete contradiction with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s assertion in a speech on 21 January that the freedom to use the Internet is a fundamental human right and a priority of U.S. diplomacy. This law would help censors all over the world to justify their own Internet filtering procedures.Many others have spoken out against COICA. They include Tim Berners-Lee, who has launched petition to block it, and 87 Internet pioneers who have sent an open letter to the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, urging it to reject the bill. Read the joint letter to Sen. Leahy: pdf Receive email alerts Organisation Help by sharing this information June 3, 2021 Find out more June 7, 2021 Find out more News United StatesAmericas to go further Follow the news on United States April 28, 2021 Find out more
China moved closer Thursday to passing a controversial national security law for Hong Kong that has raised international concerns it will end the financial hub’s limited freedoms.China’s rubber-stamp parliament endorsed the planned legislation last month as the Communist Party seeks to put an end to a pro-democracy movement that has rocked the semi-autonomous city since last year. The draft law was submitted on Thursday to the country’s top lawmaking body, the Standing Committee of National People’s Congress, which meets until Saturday, according to the official Xinhua news agency. Stronger language The business hub has been convulsed by a year of huge and often violent rallies that began with an eventually aborted criminal extradition bill but morphed into a popular call for democracy and police accountability.Beijing says the new national security law is needed to end the political unrest and restore stability. Xinhua said the draft law “clearly outlines” the four acts prohibited by the controversial law — secession, subversion of state power, terrorist activities and collusion with foreign and external forces to endanger national security — as well as their criminal penalties.The wording of the draft appears to have become stronger than the proposal revealed at last month’s parliamentary meetings, criminalizing “collusion with foreign and external forces” instead of “foreign and external interference in Hong Kong affairs”.According to the draft proposal, the law will also allow mainland security organs to openly establish a presence in Hong Kong, but the scope of their enforcement powers is yet to be revealed.The city’s sole representative to Beijing’s top lawmaking body, Tam Yiu-chung, said on Wednesday that the law could allow for extraditions to the mainland — exactly the topic which triggered last year’s protests.Vice Premier Liu He sought on Thursday to reassure the concerns of the business community, saying that the central government will adhere to One Country, Two Systems and “effectively protect the rights and interests of enterprises and investors in Hong Kong.” Topics : The Group of Seven foreign ministers on Wednesday urged China to reconsider the proposed law, saying they had “grave concerns” it threatens Hong Kong’s rights and freedoms.In response, senior Chinese foreign policy official Yang Jiechi said at a high-level meeting with the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in Hawaii that Beijing’s “determination” to introduce the law was “unwavering”, according to a statement.”China resolutely opposes the words and deeds of the US side interfering in Hong Kong affairs and resolutely opposes the statement made by the G7 foreign ministers on Hong Kong-related issues,” Yang saidUnder a “One Country, Two Systems” agreement before Britain handed the territory back to China, Beijing agreed to let Hong Kong maintain certain liberties and autonomy until 2047 — including legislative and judicial independence and freedom of speech.
20 Akala St, Camp Hill THIS beautifully presented Queenslander is in a desirable pocket of Camp Hill. Owners Raechel and Chris Isted bought 20 Akala St 11 years ago and have transformed it into their perfect family home. “It was a three-bedroom, one-bathroom house when we first got it,” Mrs Isted said.“After our first child was born, we renovated downstairs and added two bedrooms, a bathroom and two living areas. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.On the ground floor of the home there are two bedrooms, bathroom, laundry, storage room and front patio. There is also a media room and a rumpus room, which opens to the back patio. Upstairs, there are three more bedrooms, a family bathroom and a front deck. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.The open-plan living, dining and kitchen area flow out of the big back deck. The kitchen has stone benchtops, quality appliances and a servery to the deck. The inground swimming pool is heated and the home comes with solar panels to help lower the power bill. Mrs Isted said the home was perfectly located close to parks, cafes and schools. “The home is on a really quiet street with friendly and supportive neighbours,” she said. The home at 20 Akala St, Camp Hill.“Our two kids were upstairs with us when they were little and moved downstairs as they got older.” Mrs Isted said the separate living areas, swimming pool and big back deck made the home perfect for family living and entertaining. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020“We do lots of entertaining on the deck. The doors from the kitchen, lounge and dining area open right up, creating one big space.“We’ve also got blinds and louvres on the back deck so you can sit out there in winter with an outdoor heater and still be warm.”