FREEDOM OF EXPRESSION HUMAN RIGHTS DAY 2019 “Youth Standing Up For Human Rights” #HumanRightsDay #StandUp4HumanRights 1. SOCIAL MEDIA TAX • The introduction of the #SocialMediaTax led to a decline in the internet penetration rate from 47.4% to 35% in only 3 months thereby disconnecting 5 million internet users. • The Tax undermines internet access & affordability whereas threatening freedom of expression. 2. REGISTRATION OF ONLINE CONTENT CREATORS • The government is expanding its enforcement of the regulation, levying the fee of $20 on news organizations and social media influencers. • This regulation discourages online activity, stifles free expression, and creates new opportunities for gov’t interference in citizens’ speech. 3. PROSECUTION OF INTERNET USERS • The continuous detention of internet users and activists by the government instils fear into other citizens leading to self-censorship. 4. SURVEILLANCE • Mass surveillance erodes intellectual freedom and damages the social fabric of affected societies; it also opens the door to flawed and illegal profiling of individuals.