Stories about Pakistan

2 March 2020

Internet shutdowns in 2019: India continued to top list of worst offenders

In 2019, access to the internet was disrupted 121 times in India alone, says Access Now in a new report.

30 October 2019

Pakistan shuts art installation depicting extrajudicial killings

"The closure is both an attack on free expression and an attempt to sweep under the rug a longstanding human rights problem."

22 August 2019

Netizen Report: The shutdown in Kashmir continues

Kashmir's communications blackout continues, Russia goes after 'illegal' protest videos online, and Google re-opens its office in Egypt.

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

5 August 2019

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

9 July 2019

“A dangerous trend”: Pakistani journalists critical of the government and military targeted in Twitter campaign

As if threats from the authorities against press freedom in Pakistan were not  enough, online nationalist vigilantes are also on the pry against journalists.

4 July 2019

Interview with former Pakistani president taken off air, journalists and activists decry censorship

A recorded interview of former president Asif Ali Zardari was taken off air shortly after its broadcast began on Geo News television in another incident of censorship in the country.

29 March 2019

Netizen Report: Activists in Pakistan and Malaysia confront online backlash after International Women’s Day events

This week, the EU parliament approved its Copyright Directive, Pakistan blocked mobile services (during a military parade) and Bangladesh blocked Al Jazeera English.

15 October 2018

Pashtun human rights activist detained at Islamabad airport, released after social media pressure

Gulalai Ismail is a well-known Pashtun human rights activist and founder of Seeds of Peace network.

25 July 2018

Social media users are trying to combat harassment in Pakistan — but will state institutions do their part?

Aimal Khan's arrest following public outcry on social media is a good sign. But will justice prevail?

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