Politics 2021-05-15T08:17:53+03:00
Ukrainian news
UN, OSCE See Blocking Of Websites As Extreme Measure For Protection Of Human Rights And Legitimate Public Inte

UN, OSCE See Blocking Of Websites As Extreme Measure For Protection Of Human Rights And Legitimate Public Interest

OSCE, UN, human rights, Internet, blocking, website

The United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Opinion and Expression and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Representative on Freedom of the Media say that State mandated blocking of entire websites, IP addresses, ports or network protocols is an extreme measure which can only be justified where it is provided by law and is necessary to protect a human right or other legitimate public interest.

This is said in their joint declaration on freedom of expression and "fake news", disinformation and propaganda, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

The joint declaration reads that restrictions of a broadcaster of the other jurisdiction and annulment of the right for re-broadcasting are considered possible if a court or other independent bodies recognize the content of the broadcaster as systematically violating criteria provided by the international law.

Intermediaries should never be liable for any third party content relating to those services unless they specifically intervene in that content or refuse to obey an order adopted in accordance with due process guarantees by an independent, impartial, authoritative oversight body (such as a court) to remove it and they have the technical capacity to do that.

The joint declaration also reads that consideration should be given to protecting individuals against liability for merely redistributing or promoting, through intermediaries, content of which they are not the author and which they have not modified.

The joint declaration has been also signed by the Organization of American States (OAS) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and the African Commission on Human and Peoples' Rights (ACHPR) Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression and Access to Information.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko approved the Information Security Doctrine of Ukraine in late February.

The doctrine instructs the Ministry of Information Policy to monitor the mass information media and public Internet resources to identify information that is banned in Ukraine and instructs the Security to monitor domestic and foreign mass information media to identify threats to Ukraine's national security.

Yevhen Zakharov, the board chairman of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union and director of the Kharkiv Human Rights Group, considers the document anti-democratic.

Poroshenko introduced the National Security and Defense Council's decision "On State Cyber-Security Threats and Measures to Neutralize them," which instructs the Cabinet of Ministers to prepare a draft law that provides for blocking of information resources, on February 13.

The Internet Association of Ukraine has described these measures as political censorship.

Больше новостей о: OSCE UN human rights Internet blocking website