Stories about Pakistan

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!

With Elections Approaching, Pakistani Journalists and Activists Face Rising Risk of Assault, Abduction

This election will mark the second time a democratic transition of power will occur in the country's history.

Netizen Report: In Afghanistan and Pakistan, journalists honor slain colleagues on World Press Freedom Day

We dedicate this edition to journalists who have been threatened or killed this year, in honor of World Press Freedom Day on May 3, 2018.

Media censorship surrounds the Pashtun rights movement in Pakistan

"There was complete media blackout. But journalists were there [to] tell the story [through] social media. Self censorship sign of oppression"

After Facing Harassment from Authorities, Pakistani Journalist Narrowly Escapes Abduction

Taha Siddiqui is the bureau chief for WION news. He also is an avid social media user and critic of the military.

From Internet Blackouts to Violent Attacks, South Asia Saw New Threats to Free Expression Online in 2017

In 2017, South Asian countries faced growing challenges in the field of internet freedom, censorship, and freedom of expression.

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

Pakistani Journalist Takes Intelligence Agency to Court Over Harassment

"Many friends have also confided tht seeing me go thru all wht i've had to has made thm self censor even more. Climate of fear persists"

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

Netizen Report: Advocates Stand Up to Cybercrime Legislation in Brazil and Pakistan

Cybercrime battles rage in Pakistan and Brazil, Italian regulators put a lid on Hacking Team, and Wikimedia loses copyright fight in Sweden.

A Pakistani Artist Remembers Sabeen Mahmud and her Valentine's Day Campaign

According to one of activist Sabeen Mahmud's killers, her '"un-Islamic" Valentine's Day rally was "the sin she eventually paid for."

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

Printers Censor Another New York Times Article, Shedding Light on Pakistan's Stifled Speech Environment

"...this blank space in the newspaper speaks volumes about the conditions under which we live and write in Pakistan today."

Netizen Report: Peru and Pakistan Erode Citizen Privacy With New Surveillance Tactics

The Netizen Report offers an international snapshot of challenges, victories, and emerging trends in Internet rights around the world. A recent executive decree from Peru’s government compels all telecommunications companies...

Pakistani Digital Rights Advocate Nominated as TIME's Next Generation Leader

'If youth is speaking for a cause, they have the ability to bring change. They only have to be consistent.'

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