Pakistan

Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats

“Pakistan is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists,” reads a report recently produced and published by Bytes For All, Pakistan. Based on a research survey commissioned by Internews, the report takes a hard look at the awareness Pakistani journalists and bloggers have of their own digital security.

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Locking up cyberspace for minorities in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 6 July 2012 (Bytes for All)

Since 2007, freedom of expression on the internet has been compromised in Pakistan. The authorities started with blocking blasphemous content, went on to national security issues, then religious morality, and they are now targeting online content pertaining to minorities.

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Open Letter: Google in Pakistan - Local and global civil society raises eyebrows

The Association for Progressive Communications and its member group in Pakistan, Bytes For All, is deeply concerned about Google’s latest business trip to Pakistan. Here are a few questions on Google’s planned policy on data retention and collection.

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Bytes for All calls for civil society participation in drafting cyber crime legislation in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD 8 June 2012 (Bytes for All for Bytes for All)

The Government of Pakistan is working to revive and restructure the cyber crime law, which lapsed in 2009. Stakeholders who are being consulted are corporations such as telecom operators, ISPs, and governmental organisations. However, no representative civil society organisation holds an opinion even though it is a globally accepted norm that governments use a multi-stakeholder process to ensure active participation by civil society.

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Balochistan, Pakistan

Balochistan, Pakistan

Balochistan, from (cc-by-sa) http://www.flickr.com/photos/drymountains/

APC member Bytes for All condemns SMS keyword filtering in Pakistan

OTTAWA 2 December 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

Bytes for All, APC’s member in Pakistan, has written an open letter to the Prime Minister and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority criticising the proposed plan to filter keywords in sms messages.

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APC member Bytes for All condemns Pakistan's new censorship policy

ISLAMABAD 18 November 2011 (Bytes for All for Byes for All)

The Pakistan Telecommunications authority has issued a directive to all cellular providers to begin filtering SMS keywords, the latest in a series of restrictions to freedom of expression in the country.

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Most influential Twitterati in Pakistan include 5 working to end violence against women

MONTEVIDEO 22 July 2011 (APC for APCNews)


The Express Tribune has named 5 Take Back the Tech! campaigners as among the most influential “Twitterati” in Pakistan. Thanks to the MDG3 funding, these women are using ICTs to raise the visibility of violence against women on and offline.

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Pakistan blocks sex, drugs AND rock and roll

OTTAWA 12 July 2011 (GJ for APCNews)


Pakistani authorities have blocked Rolling Stone magazine’s website for criticising the country’s level of military spending. But other banned sites are back online, APC has been informed.

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APC breaks down the issues behind the Pakistan social media ban for Radio France International

CALGARY 26 May 2011 (LC for APCNews)

On May 13 2011, the Lahore High Court in Pakistan ruled that Facebook and other websites were in violation of Pakistan’s blasphemy laws and should be banned in the country. Curious to understand more about this ruling, Clea Caulcutt of Radio France International’s Web Watch programme speaks to Grady Johnson of APC’s Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign to get a better understanding of what is at stake. Listen to the interview

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