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Marco Civil's provisions, including the right to privacy, free expression online, and net neutrality, set an example for other governments of positive measures that enshrine human rights online into law.

Issues: 
Civil Society, Freedom of Expression, Internet Freedom, Rule of Law
Regions: 
Americas
written by
Ashley Greco-Stoner
Senior Research Assistant, Freedom on the Net

Over the past 18 months, Latin America has borne witness to a changing legal landscape that directly impacts internet freedom. Constraints have come in varying forms in different countries, yet each affects the scope and depth of the content that can be found online. High-profile cases of intermediary liability—in which internet service providers (ISPs), website hosts, and search engines are held legally, and at times, criminally responsible for user-generated content—have come to the fore in Brazil and Argentina. In Ecuador, the June passage of the Organic Law on Communications set a legal precedent for holding platforms responsible for content posted by users, placing further legal pressure on an environment already under threat.

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written by
Jacqueline Strzemp
Program Associate, Latin America

The June protests have opened a long overdue debate on how the government can adequately address issues like healthcare, education, and social services in a way that meets popular expectations.  The magnitude of the protests and the widespread demands they summoned forth suggest that Brazilian institutions have serious flaws and serious change will be required to bring them in line with the country’s new social and economic realities.

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El día 11 de Junio, el director del periódico Brasileño Hora H fue asesinado brutalmente al recibir 44 disparos de cuatro hombres no identificados en Nova Iguaçu, un suburbio de Rio de Janeiro.

Issues: 
Freedom of Expression, Media Freedom
Regions: 
Americas

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