Thirty-two European and international human rights and digital rights organizations sent an open letter to ministers ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council that was held on the 6-7 December 2018. The signatories expressed their concern about the European Commission’s proposed ‘Regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online’. In its current form, the proposal contravenes the Charter of Fundamental Rights and lacks evidence-based measures that are needed to deliver on the regulation’s stated goals. The letter also discussed how the proposed regulation endangers freedom of expression and information in Europe. Its definition of ‘terrorist content’ is extremely vague and broad, which increases the risk of arbitrary removal of, among other things, online content shared or published by civil society organisations or journalists. Read more here.