Communication siege in Balochistan to mark Pakistan Day 2012

Mar
25

Islamabad, March 25, 2012: Pakistan celebrates one of its national days on 23 March also known as Pakistan Day. This year, unfortunately, the day was marred with oppression against its own people in Balochistan. While the entire country was celebrating a historic milestone in Pakistan’s inception, chaos struck Balochistan, the southern province of the country.

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Internet in Shackles: an alarming attack on Pakistan's nascent democracy!

Mar
17

Islamabad – Saturday, March 17, 2012: Today, the democratic government of Pakistan is celebrating its achievements, when President of Pakistan made his fifth consecutive speech to the joint session of Parliament in the federal capital Islamabad. On this important day, it is extremely disappointing to note that despite severe criticism, Government is going ahead and continuing with its plans to filter the internet in Pakistan.

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Locking up the Cyberspace in Pakistan

Feb
24

Islamabad, Friday, February 24, 2012: The Government of Pakistan has repeatedly exhibited the obsession to lock up the Pakistani cyberspace at every given chance. The reasons for doing so are myriad and diverse, but mostly, they revolve around the same unjustifiable excuses like upholding national security, war on terror and/or religious morality.

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Bytes for All & ARTICLE 19 review Pakistan Telecommunications (Re-organization) Act 1996

Feb
23

Islamabad: February 23, 2012: In January 2012, Bytes for All, Pakistan team worked with legal experts at ARTICLE 19 for the analysis of the provisions of the Pakistan Telecommunication (Re-Organization) Act, 1996 (with 2006 amendments) to assess their compatibility with international standards relating to the rights to freedom of expression and information and privacy.

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Moral Policing by TV Reality Shows

Jan
26

Islamabad, 26 January 2012: Pakistani television channel Samaa TV has recently joined the moral policing bandwagon with a show called "Subah Saweray Maya kay Sath". Briefly, the show carries various themes, however, one criminal aspect of the show is blatant violation of the citizens’ right to privacy, to say the least.

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Secure Journalists Programme

Dec
30

Pakistan is a developing country, which is ranked among the most populated, and to an extent an extremely important role player in shaping the last decade. Not only has it undergone drastic changes from within since the start of War on Terror, but it has also become of core importance in reflecting itself as a model target of complex present day ideological warfare and radicalization.

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Kathmandu Statement on the Internet and Freedom of Expression

Dec
09

We, participants in the South Asian Meeting on the Internet and Freedom of Expression, having met in Kathmandu, Nepal, on 2-4 November 2011 to deliberate on the state of freedom of expression in our region in the digital age, and coming from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

Considering the importance of social media and the Internet to the growth and advancement of democracy in our region,

Have adopted the following resolution:

Access to the Internet

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Hand Mapping – Wall of Resistance: Take Back The Tech Campaign 2011

Dec
05

Peshawar, 3 December, 2011: Bytes for All (B4A), Pakistan and Aware Girls, Peshawar jointly organized an event to celebrate women’s power under ‘Take Back The Tech Campaign - To End Violence Against Women!’ A large number of stakeholders attended the event including civil society representatives, human rights defenders, academia, media, university students and larger women rights movement in Peshawar.

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16 Days, 16 Stories - 16 Tribal Women, Pakistan

Nov
25

Bytes for All, Pakistan and Sughar women are joining hands for 16 Days campaign to end Violence Against Women & Girls. Collaborating on 16 days - Take Back The Tech Campaign, we will be posting one woman - one story each day on the struggle of tribal women in Pakistan. They will talk about their rights, daily life, struggle and hope in the future.

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Open Letter to the Prime Minister of Pakistan – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Nov
25

On behalf of all concerned citizens of Pakistan, Bytes for All have sent an Open Letter to His Excellency Syed Yousaf Raza Gillani, the honourable Prime Minister of Pakistan on the issue of content filtering and SMS ban directive by Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA). We are very hopeful that the Prime Minister will himself look into this matter for redressal of grievances as raised in this letter. The contents of this letter are pasted below.

 

Honourable Sir,

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