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Amnesty criticises Global Network Initiative for online freedom of speech

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Bobbie Johnson,
London Guardian [1]
Thursday, Oct 30, 2008

The human rights campaign group has explained why it isn’t part of the new industry-backed plan to protect freedom of expression online

Human rights campaign group Amnesty International has criticised a new human rights organisation backed by technology giants Google, Microsoft and Yahoo.

The attack comes after the formal launch of the Global Network Initiative, a scheme to bring the technology industry together with human rights campaigners to help protect free speech in repressive countries. Google, Microsoft and Yahoo – which have all been heavily criticised for their conduct in countries such as China in recent years – were among the first signatories.

The group has been backed by several high-profile human rights organisations, but yesterday Amnesty said that it could not offer its support.

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In a statement, Amnesty said it had been involved in earlier discussions over the group but had dropped out after receiving final drafts of its principles in August.

“Following careful consideration of these documents, Amnesty International has come to the conclusion that – while they represent a degree of progress in responding to human rights concerns – they are not yet strong enough to allow Amnesty International to endorse them,” the statement said.

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