Pakistan

Protecting the digital data: An overview of corporate data protection policies in Pakistan
Protecting the digital data: An overview of corporate data protection policies in Pakistan 29 November 2018 Media Matters for Democracy for Digital Rights Monitor

After years of advocacy and pressure building, the government of Pakistan has finally made some headway towards the enactment of a data protection legislation. The ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications has recently published the draft data protection bill on its website and is seeking comments and suggestions of different stakeholders through its website. This research has been conducted by APC member Media Matters for Democracy to help different stakeholders understand ho...

Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan: Bottlenecks, incompetence and abuse of power
Media Matters for Democracy, Pakistan: Bottlenecks, incompetence and abuse of power 07 November 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) has published multiple reports highlighting concerns with the  Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) and offered recommendations for improvement. In their first comprehensive review of PECA 2016, they took a look at the procedural issues that have defined the implementation of the law. This study presents a brief overview of the implementation of PECA. It is based on two case studies; first, an overview of procedural and other issues ...

Pakistan: Global civil society calls on the Government to reverse its order to close 18 human rights and development organisations
Pakistan: Global civil society calls on the Government to reverse its order to close 18 human rights and development organisations 19 October 2018 APC and others

25 national, regional and international civil society organisations (CSOs) express their deep concern over the suspension and expulsion of 18 international non-governmental organisations (INGOs) in Pakistan. These organizations serve millions of people in Pakistan and contribute to the country’s economic and social development. We are also concerned that these actions indicate further restric...

Online dating in Pakistan
Online dating in Pakistan 03 October 2018 Hija Kamran for GenderIT.org

Pakistan is a conservative Muslim majority nation with a population of approximately 200 million, out of which almost 49% are those who identify themselves as women, most of whom have lived their entire life behind barriers fabricated by their families in attempts of protecting their honour and reputation. Concepts such as protection and honour impede women’s mobility in society - they not on...

Media Matters for Democracy: Violence, journalism and elections in Pakistan
Media Matters for Democracy: Violence, journalism and elections in Pakistan 08 August 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

The threats to media have taken many shapes and forms throughout the history of Pakistan, and yet, the 2018 elections have brought along a fresh wave of challenges. From attacks on journalists to attacks on business freedoms of media houses resulting in financial and commercial repercussions, from organised hate speech against journalists to the use of cybercrime and other laws to initiate...

Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind
Gendering Self-Censorship: Women Journalists and the Double Bind 18 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

Women, no matter which region, field or context they are in, are no strangers to self-censorship. The social constructs of "good women" globally encourage submissive, compromising behaviour from women, and self-censorship, especially in matters of importance, is generally encouraged. Pakistani women are no different. Censoring themselves, especially if their opinions are dissenting from th...

Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation
Media Matters for Democracy: Letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation 05 July 2018 Media Matters for Democracy

  Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD), our member in Pakistan, has published a letter to the Election Commission of Pakistan to curb the spread of election-related online misinformation and ensure implementation of  the Code of Conduct (CoC) for political parties in online spaces. We are republishing their letter here, in the context of political and religious violence i...

Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws"
Right to information: Clouds over Pakistan’s "sunshine laws" 27 June 2018 Sadaf Khan

In October 2017, Media Matters for Democracy (MMfD) and its team of reporters started a journalistic endeavour to test the effectiveness of the right to information (RTI) laws in the federal capital Islamabad, and the provinces of Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Between October 2017 and March 2018, the team filed a total of 195 records requests to different public bodies across Pakistan ...

The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab
The RTI implementation challenge: An overview of implementation status of RTI laws in Federal, Sindh, KP and Punjab 27 June 2018 Waqas Naeem

In the last five years the legislative landscape governing the practice of the right to information (RTI) in Pakistan has improved tremendously. RTI was codified as a constitutional right of the citizens of Pakistan with the 18th amendment in April 2010. The right was granted through the inclusion of Article 19(A) which states: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information...

Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral
Media Matters for Democracy: Concern over the abduction of Gul Bukhari and targeting of Asad Kharral 06 June 2018

This statement was previously published by our member in Pakistan Media Matters for Democracy. Journalist and columnist Gul Bukhari was abducted by unknown persons on Tuesday 5th June 2018. After a few hours her family, who had earlier filed a missing person report with the police, confirmed through social media that she was back and ‘fine’. On the same night, another journal...

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