Review Report: Freedom of Expression and Net Freedom in the Manifestos of Political Parties in Pakistan

Islamabad, February 06, 2013: We are very pleased to share the first version of a Review Report 'Freedom of Expression and Net Freedom in the Manifestos of Political Parties in Pakistan', a document reviewing several manifestos of mainstream political parties in Pakistan for their stance on the issue.

This first report is a review of the official manifestos of the political parties of Pakistan, in the light of each party's stance on freedom of expression and Internet freedom in the country. The purpose of this document is to highlight the importance of freedom of expression and net freedom as two extremely important elements of a progressive and democratic society that these political parties should give due importance in their future plans. 
The publication of this document also implies that in order to qualify as a party that stands firm on democratic principles from every perspective, it is absolutely necessary to take into consideration the right of people to express freely and have unhindered access to all available modern digital communication platforms for freedom of expression, speech and assembly.
This document has been structured in form of a working document, which means that it will evolve with the passage time, and more versions will follow, based on changes in scope of political manifestos, as well as inputs from the civil society, political parties and other stakeholders. For this version of the report, following manifestos have been reviewed:
  • Pakistan Peoples Party  (PPP)
  • Pakistan Muslim League (N) (PML-N)
  • Pakistan Muslim League (Q) (PML-Q)
  • Awami National Party (ANP)
  • Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)
  • Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM)
However, we are now reviewing the manifestos of regional political parties in an effort to generate wider debate on these pressing issues in the country. 
About Bytes for All, Pakistan
Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan is a human rights organization and a network of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) professionals and practitioners. It experiments and organizes debate on the relevance of ICTs for sustainable development and strengthening social justice movements in the country. Its mission is “ICTs for development, democracy and social justice”.
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