Training Manual on Digital Rights and Freedom of Expression Online
The internet has become the most important media platform in the world. It allows for instant sharing of large amounts of information, across borders and to wide audiences. It enables individuals to engage with diverse views and perspectives, and to access an array of resources to assist them to formulate their own views. While the right to freedom of expression has existed for decades, it is not always clear that this right also applies in the evolving online space.
This manual covers a range of issues around freedom of expression on the internet and other digital platforms. It provides an overview of international and comparative law on access to the internet, digital privacy and online data protection as well as specific types of speech-related offences online. This manual is intended for lawyers across Africa representing clients in cases relating to online media, such as journalists, bloggers, videographers and even members of the public.