Free Expression Online

Free Expression Online

Free expression online refers to the right to seek, receive and impart information and ideas online, without fear or restriction from surveillance, censorship or laws silencing dissent.

As people turn to digital environments as a way of expressing views they may not feel safe expressing through other channels, more and more governments are using legislation, including privacy and national security laws, to gain control over digital spaces and infrastructure.

Rights such as privacy have not yet been entrenched in the minds and actions of many citizens and yet citizens across the country are using various technological services (email, social networking, banking etc.) every day, without adequate safeguards.

MISA Malawi is collaborating with a number of partners at the local level to campaign for freedom of expression online. Through this partnership and others, we are striving to make the internet accessible, affordable and available to southern Africans and to help make it a safe platform for diverse views and free expression, where human rights are respected just as they should be in the offline media environment. MISA Malawi is also currently lobbying government and other relevant stakeholders to push for review of a draft legislation E-Transactions Bill, that seeks to regulate online expression.