"Telegram block leads to widespread assault on freedom of expression online" - Joint Statement by 26 international human rights organisations

posted 1 May 2018, 11:43 by Rights in Russia   [ updated 1 May 2018, 11:47 ]
"We, the undersigned 26 international human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations, strongly condemn the attempts by the Russian Federation to block the Internet messaging service Telegram, which have resulted in extensive violations of freedom of expression and access to information, including mass collateral website blocking. We call on Russia to stop blocking Telegram and cease its relentless attacks on Internet freedom more broadly. We also call the United Nations (UN), the Council of Europe (CoE), the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the European Union (EU), the United States and other concerned governments to challenge Russia’s actions and uphold the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and privacy online as well as offline. Lastly, we call on Internet companies to resist unfounded and extra-legal orders that violate their users’ rights."

- A joint statement by 26 international human rights organisations

Source: 'Joint Public Statement,' Amnesty International, 30 April 2018