Stories about Pakistan

Pakistan bans TikTok for the second time

TikTok was blocked in Pakistan for 10 days in October 2020. Access was restored after the app's parent company ByteDance assured authorities it would bolster moderation.

Moderate globally, impact locally: A series on content moderation in the Global South

''Even as the platforms have grown and spread around the world, the center of gravity of these debates continues to revolve around D.C. and San Francisco.''

Journalist's abduction raises concerns about media freedom in Pakistan

On the morning of July 21, renowned Pakistani journalist Matiullah Jan was abducted in Islamabad. Though he was released about 12 hours after, fingers are being pointed at state security...

Students arrested for demanding internet facilities in Balochistan

A number of students were manhandled, baton-charged and arrested in Quetta, Balochistan, for protesting against non-availability of internet after their classes shifted online due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Pakistan blocks Twitter, Zoom and Periscope to curb critical voices

In mid-May, Twitter, Zoom and Persicope were either blocked or throttled across Pakistan. Activists say the move was meant to target a few web conferences on human rights issues.

Baloch journalist found dead in Sweden

In recent months, several Pakistani activists and bloggers living in Europe have claimed to have been targeted for speaking up against human rights violations in Pakistan.

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.

Pakistan's draconian rules on social media take activists by surprise

The new rules require social media companies to hand over user information and remove content deemed unlawful when requested by the authorities.

Manzoor Pashteen, the young activist who challenged Pakistan's military over human rights abuses, is arrested

Manzoor Ahmad Pashteen, a young a human rights activist from South Waziristan, Pakistan, has been arrested for alleged conspiracy and sedition.

‘A disturbing crackdown on press freedom’: Pakistan arbitrarily blocking Slate.com

This is the second time that the website has been blocked in Pakistan in 2019, and the third time since 2018.

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."

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.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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?

What's happened to digital rights over the past seven years? 300 editions of the Netizen Report will tell you

This week, we're looking back at seven years of covering global digital rights news in celebration of our 300th edition!

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