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Amnesty criticises Global Network Initiative for online freedom of speech

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.

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“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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