freedom of expression

HRC29 Side Event: Religion Meets Rights, Addressing Key Issues & Challenges at the Intersections of Rights in Asia Sticky

Jun
11

Geneva, June 12, 2015: Bytes for All, Pakistan together with Forum-Asia, Association for Progressive Communications, Global Partners Digital, the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and ICT Watch, recently organised a regional consultation on “Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Asia” on 3-5 June 2015, in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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Pakistan: Freedom of Expression under Threat - written statement for 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council Sticky

Jun
09

Geneva, June 10, 2015: On behalf of Bytes for All, Pakistan a written statement was submitted by the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development, a non-governmental organization in special consultative status for the 29th Session of UN Human Rights Council under Agenda Item 3. This written statement is accessible here

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 - Legal Analysis Sticky

Apr
22

London, April 22, 2015: Privacy International reiterates the serious concerns expressed together with Digital Rights Foundation Pakistan and Bytes for All about the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill in Pakistan. The Bill introduces a series of new provisions that pose a grave risk to freedom of expression and privacy in Pakistan.

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65 NGOs call on governments to support the establishment of a UN Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy Sticky

Mar
07

Friday, March 06, 2015 (Via APC): The undersigned non-governmental organisations working to protect human rights write to encourage governments to support the creation of a new Special Rapporteur on the right to privacy at the Human Rights Council (HRC) 28th ordinary session in March.

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Proposed media regulations are draconian: State propaganda and censorship not an answer to governance failures Sticky

Dec
30

Islamabad, December 30, 2014: Bytes For All is alarmed by the recommendations made by Pakistani parliamentary body that seeks to impose McCarthyism-style regulations on the media and Internet, in reaction to the December 16 Peshawar school attack.

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Investigatory Powers Tribunal finds GCHQ programme TEMPORA is in principle legal Sticky

Dec
05

London, December 5, 2014: The Investigatory Powers Tribunal (IPT) today followed its previous judgments in finding that UK security services’ may in principle carry out mass surveillance of all fibre optic cables entering or leaving the UK under RIPA, the 2000 law that pre-dates the modern internet:

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Update: 22nd Hearing of Internet Freedom Case - Youtube ban remains until review by the Supreme Court of Pakistan Sticky

Nov
20

Lahore, 20 November 2014: The 22nd hearing of Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik.  The Honorable Judges had summoned senior officials from Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) following their counsel’s statement that they now have the technology to block the offensive video.

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Update: 21st Hearing of Internet Freedom Case: Youtube ban remains focus of interest Sticky

Nov
19

Lahore, 19th November 2014: The 21st hearing of the Internet Freedom Case (aka YouTube case) was held at the Lahore high Court today. The hearing was presided over by Honorable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah along with Honorable Justice Ayesha Malik. Bytes for All appeared in the Lahore High Court again seeking remedies on the prayers other than Youtube unblocking in the country, while Supreme Court is reviewing its orders on YouTube ban. These prayers include stopping arbitrary censorship in the cyberspace and rampant Kill Switch and Network Disconnections in Pakistan. 

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GCHQ on Trial: What to Know? Sticky

Jul
14
London, Monday 14, 2014: From Monday 14 to Friday 18 July, the British intelligence agencies and the Ministers responsible for them will be under the spotlight in an historic case to determine whether GCHQ's mass communications surveillance activities are a violation of Britain's human rights obligations.
 
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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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