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Organisations condemn the abuse of power by the police in raiding the office of EMPOWER Sticky

Dec
02

Islamabad, December 02, 2016: The Association for Progressive Communications (APC) along with Bytes for All, Pakistan and Digital Empowerment Foundation, India strongly condemn the harassment of human rights defenders in Malaysia by raiding the office of Persatuan Kesedaran Komuniti Selangor (EMPOWER) and confiscating important documents. The unjustified raid on the office of EMPOWER took place on 28 November 2016 when only two staff were in the premises. This is the second organisation to be raided and harassed by authorities in the last week in Malaysia.

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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy Sticky

Apr
15

ISLAMABAD, April 14, 2016: Bytes for All, Pakistan, Media Matters for Democracy and the Association for Progressive Communications express their grave concerns over the recent developments regarding Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 in the national assembly and reject the bill in its current shape.

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GCHQ-NSA Intelligence Sharing Unlawful, says UK Surveillance Tribunal Sticky

Feb
06

London, February 06, 2015: British intelligence services acted unlawfully in accessing millions of people’s personal communications collected by the NSA, the Investigatory Powers Tribunal ruled today. The decision marks the first time that the Tribunal, the only UK court empowered to oversee GHCQ, MI5 and MI6, has ever ruled against the intelligence and security services in its 15 year history.

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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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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: 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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Asia Regional Consultation on Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties, Bangkok, Thailand

Nov
04

Islamabad, November 05, 2013: We are very pleased to announce the Asia Regional Consultation on “Freedom of Expression for Civil Liberties”, to be held in Bangkok, Thailand on 21, 22 and 23 of November, 2013.

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Update: Lahore High Court Orders Inquiry into FinFisher Usage in Pakistan

May
15

Islamabad, May 15, 2013: The first hearing of B4A's petition challenging the alleged use of surveillance spyware, FinFisher, in Pakistan took place on Monday, May 13, 2013 before honourable Justice Mansoor Ali Shah at the Lahore High Court. This writ petition was admitted by the Lahore High Court on 8th May 2013.

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Letter of Allegation to UN Human Rights Council: Freedom of Expression in Pakistan

Mar
13

Islamabad, March 14, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan and The Media Legal Defence Initiative, UK have submitted a Letter of Allegation to the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, calling for an end to the blocking of websites by the Pakistani government.

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Youtube not at the cost of widespread systematic censorship

Jan
06

Islamabad, January 06, 2013: Over a hundred days have passed since YouTube was hastily banned in Pakistan by the state authorities over a video allegedly insulting Islam. While the video remains, Youtube is now inaccessible for all the citizens including small and large businesses, civil society organizations, educational and research institutions.

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