UNESCO: NEW INTERNET REGULATIONS COULD ‘THREATEN FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION’
Nov 20, 2012 — Controversial new telecommunications rules proposed by the United Nations threaten global freedom of expression online and may violate the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, Unesco has warned.
The proposed regulations, to be debated by 193 nations at the World Conference on international Telecommunications in Dubai next month, have been roundly attacked by an array of organisations, from multinational technology companies to civil rights groups and labour unions.
And now, in an unprecedented intervention, Unesco’s Director for Freedom of Expression and Media Development, Professor Guy Berger, has warned that the new rules will not only “threaten freedom of expression” but may also “incur extensive public criticism that could impact upon the UN more broadly.”
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