Five prominent journalists are accused of posting social media messages that disrespected the Saudi crown prince.
Rizwan Razi was arrested for alleged social media posts that criticized the Pakistani military and judiciary. He was released on bail on 10 February.
The Pakistan Press Foundation said the media endured an “unprecedented level of imposed self-censorship” in 2018.
So-called “blood money” laws and practices may offer a faster route to a minimum threshold of justice, but legal scholars warn they can also lead to grave abuses while enabling the cycle of killings to continue.
At least 241 journalists have been killed, assaulted, abducted, and arrested throughout Pakistan from 2002 up to the present.
Pakistan has rejected the registration of more than a dozen international non-government organizations
Human rights groups asked Prime Minister Imran Khan to ensure an end to attacks on independent media.
After his office was attacked with a hand grenade in 2015, Muhammad Yasir fled his home for safety in Europe. Since then he has been thrown out of Hungary and robbed and beaten by the police in Croatia; he currently lives in a migrant camp in Bosnia.
Journalists are facing pressure and intimidation ahead of the elections scheduled for 25 July.
The attacks targeted political rallies in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Balochistan provinces and have spread fears across the country.
The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication has opened the bill for public consultation
Being an Afghan or Pakistani woman online attracts prejudice, harassment, or even danger. But for many, technology offers freedom from the past.
Media groups also urge government to protect press freedom ahead of elections.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) expressed grave concerns over the two incidents and demanded the government constitute a judicial commission to launch an inquiry.