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Religious intolerance & impunity nurture killing field in Pakistan Sticky

Apr
18

ISLAMABAD, (April 18, 2017): Bytes for All, Pakistan (B4A), Association for Progressive Communications (APC) and the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA) strongly condemn the gruesome killing of 23-year-old Mashal Khan by a vigilante mob at Abdul Wali Khan University in Mardan for purported blasphemy[1].

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Islamabad to Celebrate Independence Day by Shutting Down Communication Channels Sticky

Aug
13

Islamabad, August 13, 2015: Mobile phone users in several parts of Islamabad and Rawalpindi woke up on Thursday morning to find that they were unable to make calls, send text messages or use mobile Internet services on their cell phones as they were not receiving any signals from their telecom service providers. In at least some cases, this extended to Internet Services provided by ISPs that use a wireless rather than landline network.

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PTA document indicates potential closure of Blackberry Services in Pakistan Sticky

Jul
23

Islamabad, July 23, 2015: According to a Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) document (F.

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Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms Sticky

May
31

Jakarta, June 01, 2015: From 3-5 June 2015, Bytes for All, Pakistan, the Asian Forum for Human Rights and Development (FORUM-ASIA), ICT Watch, Global Partners Digital, the Association for Progressive Communication (APC), the Internet Democracy Project, KontraS and the Open Society Foundation are organizing the Regional Consultation on Expression, Opinion and Religious Freedoms in Jakarta, Indonesia.

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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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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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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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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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Update: 17th Hearing of Internet Freedom Case – Federal Minister for IT summoned again! Sticky

Feb
25
Lahore, Tuesday, February 25, 2014:  The 17th hearing of the Bytes for All vs. The Federation of Pakistan, commonly known as the YouTube case, was held at Lahore High Court today, on February 25, 2014. In October 2013, after 16 hearings, this case was referred to a larger bench for further hearings and decision. Today’s hearing, held nearly four months after the previous one, was the first before a divisional bench.
 
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