New Research: Desecrating Expression - An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia Sticky


December 08, 2016, Internet Governance Forum – Mexico: Restrictions on the freedom of expression in the context of religion are eroding the space for democratic discussions including academic and legal discourse in Asia, Reveals ‘Desecrating Expression: An Account of Freedom of Expression and Religion in Asia’ a study by Bytes for all, Pakistan and FORUM-ASIA.

Key findings of the study refute the common perception that these restrictions are prevalent in Islamic countries, only. As, these violations are also prevailing in countries such as India, Sri Lanka and Myanmar.

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


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


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


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

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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Open Letter to NCSW: Technology based Violence against Women and Girls in Pakistan Sticky


Islamabad, December 10, 2013: On the auspicious occasion of the International Human Rights Day, and the day that marks the end of the international ‘sixteen days of activism’ campaign to end violence against women, we write to you to share some thoughts and concerns with regards to the interplay of ICTs and gender issues in Pakistan.

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Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government - an open letter Sticky


Islamabad, July 18, 2013: Bytes for All, Pakistan has just sent an Open Letter to Ms. Susan Morgan, Executive Director, Global Network Initiative (GNI) seeking her help and kind support to investigate the Facebook's secret censorship deal with the Pakistan government authorities.

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Internet Landscape of Pakistan: Big Brother controls, listens, watches


Karachi, January 10, 2014:  The first ever comprehensive report mapping Pakistan’s past, present and possible future online – “Pakistan’s Internet Landscape” – was launched today at Avari Towers, in Karachi. Jahanzaib Haque, Web Editor, The Express Tribune and author of the 28-page report presented the principle findings and recommendations highlighted in the research.

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Bytes for All Vs. Federation of Pakistan - Censorship is not a solution, it is a problem!


Islamabad, April 29, 2013: Updates from the 7th hearing held on April 26, 2013 for Net Freedom Petition (Bytes For All v. Federation of Pakistan - WP 958/2013) at the Lahore High Court are important, futuristic but have raised concerns from the perspective of larger Internet and human rights in the country. This is a writ petition by Bytes for All, Pakistan supported by Media Legal Defence Initiative (MLDI).

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Association for Progressive Communications on B4A's Net Freedom Petition

To publicly challenge increasing censorship, surveillance and internet filtering in Pakistan, APC member Bytes for All (B4A), in collaboration with Media Legal Defense Initiative (MLDI) lodged a petition in the Lahore High Court in January 2013. The petition claims that the bans imposed on various websites were in blatant violation of civil and political rights, especially freedom of expression and the right to information under Article-19 and Article-19A of the Constitution of Pakistan.
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