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Thomas Hughes

Executive Director of ARTICLE 19

Thomas Hughes is the Executive Director of ARTICLE 19, an international human rights organisation that defends freedom of expression and the right to information.
He is the founder and former Director of the social purpose enterprise Media Frontiers, which runs Diversity (the international advertising network for online news media from Human Rights repressed countries) and VirtualRoad.org (a secure hosting service that protects websites of civil society organisations). Thomas continues to act as a board member for Media Frontiers.

Thomas has a worked on press freedom, media development and Human Rights issues, including as Deputy Director of International Media Support, as well as previously for the European Commission and OSCE.

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Profits Prioritised Over Protest and Dissent Dismissed for Dividends - Business and State Prove a Toxic Mix in Latin

Profits Prioritised Over Protest and Dissent Dismissed for Dividends - Business and State Prove a Toxic Mix in Latin America

States, businesses, and global civil society must take action to neutralise this pandemic of violence and threats and to integrate a human rights approach into the interactions between the state, business, and civil society. Environmental human rights defenders cannot continue to be collateral damage for the share prices of multinationals or the whims of government.
11/08/2016 13:59 BST
Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its

Hacktivism to Balaclava Punk: Protest Must Be Protected in All Its Forms

Protest is increasingly going digital. Whether it is using the internet to organise and report physical acts of protest, using online space as a platform on which to take action, or targeting online infrastructure itself: across the world, people are taking their right to protest online.
22/06/2015 10:01 BST
Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel

Let's Not Repeat Past Mistakes - Restricting Free Speech will Fuel Radicalisation

In the last few weeks EU and US talks have resulted in calls for internet providers to create a means for 'swift reporting' and removal of material that aims to incite hatred and terror - a 'reporting' mechanism which could be used to stifle legitimate, albeit often highly distasteful or offensive, speech without due process safeguards.
29/01/2015 13:00 GMT
Human Rights in the Digital

Human Rights in the Digital Age

The last decade has seen massive, global technological change, creating a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the protection of the right to freedom of expression and information.
13/10/2014 15:39 BST
The Slippery Slope of Internet

The Slippery Slope of Internet Censorship

The council will examine the tension between the basic principles of privacy and the public's right to know - the main concern with this controversial ruling.
10/09/2014 12:03 BST
Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to

Own Goal: How Brazil Is Stifling the Right to Protest

Article 19 is calling on the Brazilian government to ensure the right to protest and freedom of expression is protected, by introducing a new law to regulate the use of police force during demonstrations, which should follow five principles, according to UN standards: legality, necessity, proportionality, moderation and convenience.
02/06/2014 09:17 BST