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Article 19

Founded in 1987, ARTICLE 19 is an international human rights organisation which defends and promotes freedom of expression and freedom of information all over the world. The name is taken from Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; the right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference and to seek, receive and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers.”

The organisation works through monitoring, research, publications, lobbying, campaigns and litigation on behalf of freedom of expression wherever it is threatened.

Address: 6-8 Amwell Street London, EC1R 1UQ - UK
Phone: +44 20 7278 9292
Fax: +44 20 7278 7660
Email: info AT

Centre for Education and Documentation (CED)

Besides providing development information, CED sees its institutional role in the long term as developing and bringing into currency open democratic information systems. The end objective is to ensure that such systems become part of the socialisation process in civil society and an inalienable instrument which enable thinking and democratic exposure to issues and concerns of the marginalised sections of society, development, human rights and self-assertion.

Besides this general role of an institution of civil society, CED also has a specific role as one of the ’contending’ associations in the same civil society, as after all it represents, as an NGO, specific interests, that of the poor and marginalised sections of society. In this mission, it locates itself within the NGO context and is basically a support and advocacy-support organisation.

Address : CED Bangalore, n° 7, 8th Main , 3rd phase
Domlur 2nd stage
Bangalore - 560071 India
Phone : (080) 25353397
Email :
Website :


GenderIT emerged from the Association for Progressive Communications Women’s Networking Support Programme’s (APC WNSP) advocacy work in information and communications technologies (ICTs). The need to have examples of national policy, gender-sensitive language, tools for lobbying, and an understanding of the impact of poor or positive policy all within easy access has been expressed by ICT advocates and policy makers alike.

The APC WNSP also developed the Monitor for gender advocates, women’s organisations and movements across the world who are just beginning to explore gender issues in the deployment and application of ICTs, and need to understand the intersections with key women’s issues such as violence against women or economic empowerment.

GenderIT is the result of months of researching, classifying, interpreting and monitoring ICT policies which affect women around the world, but specifically in four regions : Africa, Asia-Pacific, Central Eastern Europe and Latin America.

The gender and ICT policy monitor is integrated with other ICT policy monitoring initiatives of the Association for Progressive Communications, including APC’s national ICT policy portals, and regional ICT policy monitors in Latin America, Africa and Europe.

Address : GenderIT - APC WNSP
c/o GreenNet Educational Trust
Catherine House
56-64 Leonard Street
London, UK EC2A 4JX
Phone : +44 (0)20 7713 1941
Fax : +44 (0)20 7837 5551
Contact :
Website :

Index on Censorship

Index on Censorship was founded in 1972 by a dedicated team of writers, journalists and artists to take to the page in defence of the basic human right of free expression. Today Index on Censorship continues to log free expression abuses in scores of countries world wide in its Index section. reported on censorship issues from all over the world and has added to the debates on those issues.

Address : 6-8 Amwell Street, London EC1R 1UQ - UK
Phone: 44(0)20 7278 2313

Panos London

Panos London was established in 1986 as a UK registered charity. Since 1996, Panos London has set up a network of regional offices in Southern Africa (Lusaka, Zambia); Eastern Africa (Kampala, Uganda and Addis Ababa, Ethiopia); South Asia. Panos aims to ensure that the perspectives of the people whose lives are most affected by development (mainly the poor and marginalised) are included within decision-making and that decisions are subject to their scrutiny and debate.

Panos’ job is to make the immensely complex issues facing developing countries accessible and understandable, to provide information that people can trust, and to open up opportunities for different perspectives to be heard. One of the main ways Panos channels voices to the wider community is through local media. It encourages local journalists to cover issues that are ignored, under-reported or misrepresented. It stimulates informed and inclusive public debate around key development issues in order to foster sustainable development. Its priority issues are: media and communications, globalisation, HIV/AIDS, environment and conflict and it views gender as integral to all these.

Address: Panos London
9 White Lion Street
London N1 9PD - United Kingdom
Phone: +44 (0)20 7278 1111
Fax: +44 (0)20 7278 0345

Reporters Without Borders (RSF)

More than a third of the world’s people live in countries where there is no press freedom. Reporters Without Borders works constantly to restore their right to be informed. Fourty-two media professionals lost their lives in 2003 for doing what they were paid to do - keeping us informed. Today, more than 130 journalists around the world are in prison simply for doing their job. In Nepal, Eritrea and China, they can spend years in jail just for using the "wrong" word or photo. Reporters Without Borders believes imprisoning or killing a journalist is like eliminating a key witness and threatens everyone’s right to be informed. It has been fighting such practices for more than 18 years.

The organisation’s initiatives are being carried out on five continents through its national branches (Germany, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Spain, France, Italy, Sweden and Switzerland) and its offices in Abidjan, Bangkok, New York, Tokyo and Washington. It also works in close co-operation with local and regional press freedom organisations and with members of the "Reporters without Borders’ Network," who represent Afghanistan, Argentina, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Cuba, Eritrea, Peru, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Russia, Tunisia and the Ukraine.

Reporters Without Borders is an association officially recognised as serving the public interest. Complete contact information about the organisation’s various branches is available at

Adress : RSF-International Secretariat 5 rue Geoffroy-Marie
75009 Paris France
Phone : +33 (0)1 44 83 84 84
Fax : +33 (0)1 45 23 11 51
Mail :
Website :

UNESCO Observatory on the Information Society

New information and communication technologies brought about major repercussions on all aspects of life. This prompted UNESCO’s Member States to mandate the Organization in November 1997 to keep them abreast with these new ethical, legal and societal challenges by establishing a permanent international monitoring mechanism.

The Observatory initial objective was to provide updated information on the evolution of the following issues in different parts of the world :

  • access to information in public domain
  • electronic commerce
  • privacy and confidentiality in cyberspace
  • violence in cyberspace

Since then the UNESCO online Observatory underwent many structural changes and was further developed into an Internet-based gateway to online resources on ethical, legal, socio-cultural and policy issues of the Information Society.

Address : 1 rue Miollis
75015 Paris
Phone : (+33) 1 45 68 43 27
Fax : (+33) 1 45 68 55 83
Contact : Natasha Denissova
Website :

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