UN encourages community responses to online hatred in new report - APC and Bytes for All, leaders in promoting access and safe online spaces Sticky

Jun
27

Geneva, June 26, 2014: A new UN report discussed in Geneva on 25 June 2014, cites the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and Bytes for All, Pakistan as leaders in working to protect freedom of expression online, strengthen the digital security of human rights defenders and end gender-based violence online.

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A Human Rights Mechanism for South Asia - National Workshop Sticky

Jun
08

Lahore, June 09, 2014: Given the common human rights challenges faced by all South Asian States, there is an urgent need for a South Asian Human Rights Mechanism. We are very pleased to share the news of National Workshop on Building Consensus for South Asia Human Rights Mechanism being organized in collaboration with the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), HRCP and Bytes for All in Lahore on 9-10 June 2014.

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Press Release: Bytes For All launches Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07
Karachi, June 07, 2014: The uncontrolled spread of hate speech on the Internet and social media is reaching dangerous levels, threatening society on many levels. The first detailed research into online hate speech in the Pakistan context – “Hate speech: A study of Pakistan’s cyberspace” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. 
 
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Hate Speech: A study of Pakistan’s Cyberspace Sticky

Jun
07

Karachi, June 07, 2014: We are very pleased to share with you the Hate Speech: A Study of Pakistan's Cyberspace. We have undertaken this study as a natural extension of the regional dialogue on freedom of expression for civil liberties organized by us in Bangkok in November 2013. The dialogue was held under the stewardship of Mr. Frank La Rue, UN Special Rapporteur on the Promotion and Protection of the Right to Freedom of Opinion and Expression.

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Pakistan: Thinly veiled attempt at censorship and information controls Sticky

May
27
Islamabad, May 27, 2014: We strongly condemn the efforts to ‘ban’ Geo television channels, as we see this as a clear attempt at censorship. We cannot, and do not, support censorship in any form. Further, the onslaught on the Geo/Jang group is an attack on civil liberties in the garb of 'national' and 'religious' interests. 
 
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Update: 20th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Petitioner referred to Supreme Court Sticky

May
13

Islamabad, May 13, 2014: The 20th hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka Youtube Case) was held at the Lahore High Court today. The court was presented with a document of consensus reached by several different stakeholders including petitioner, the MoIT, the PTA and technical experts from the IT and Telecom industries. This consensus was developed at a high level meeting chaired by Federal Minister of IT on April 30, 2014.

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Pakistan: 47 Human Rights Organisations Across Asia Strongly Condemn the Killing of Human Rights Defender Mr. Rashid Rehman Sticky

May
10
Islamabad, May 09, 2014: The Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), together with its 47 member organisations from Bangladesh, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Timor Leste, strongly condemn the killing of Mr. Rashid Rehman, a prominent human rights defender and lawyer in Pakistan and the Multan Task Force  Coordinator of FORUM-ASIA’s member organisation in Pakistan, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP).
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Important Update: Net Freedom Case - Meeting with the Federal Minister of IT and other stakeholders Sticky

Apr
30
Islamabad, May 01, 2014: Following the order of the Lahore High Court with regard to the Net Freedom Petition (Youtube Case), B4A participated in a meeting with a group of stakeholders at the Ministry of Information Technology, where a visible change in atmosphere was observed. The meeting was convened by the Federal Minister of Information Technology, Ms. Anusha Rahman, and was attended by heads of various government and corporate organizations, including the Chairman, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA).
 
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Shahzad Ahmad wins Doughty Street Advocacy Award 2014: Read his Acceptance Speech Sticky

Mar
21

London, March 21, 2014: We are very pleased to announce that Shahzad Ahmad, Country Director, Bytes for All, Pakistan has won the Doughty Street Advocacy Award 2014 by Index on Censorship. The award ceremony was held on March 20, 2014 at the Barbican Centre, London, and was attended by a large number of academics, researchers, activists, artists and media professionals. Read his acceptance speech below.

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Update: 19th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – morality, national security and law & order takes center stage Sticky

Mar
13
Lahore, Thursday, March 13, 2014:  The 19th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan Net Freedom case was held today in a very crowded court room with a large number of lawyers, media professionals and concerned citizens present in court. This is a petition in Lahore High Court, currently being followed by global digital rights movement for its possible impact and implications on freedom of expression, speech, assembly & the right to access information, not only in Pakistan but also in the larger Muslim world. 
 
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