Articles by Media Matters for Democracy
Pakistan: Civil society condemns the enactment of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022
Civil society groups have described the amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance as “an affront to online free expression.”
Media Matters for Democracy said that the ‘amended’ Social Media Rules continue to imperil citizens’ privacy and freedom of expression, and risk their fundamental civil liberties in online spaces.
The research by Media Matters for Democracy is based on a survey with 215 women from across Pakistan and a series of in-depth interviews during the pandemic.
Pakistan: Civil society groups demand transparency and consultation in the drafting of social media rules
In a statement signed by several civil society groups and concerned individuals, the Pakistan government is urged to initiate a credible consultative process in the drafting of social media rules since the measure could have a “detrimental impact” on the country’s digital ecosystem, economy, and online expression.
A group of women journalists released a statement highlighting the online abuse perpetrated by accounts that claim to be supporters and members of the ruling party Pakistan Tehreek e Insaaf. Media Matters for Democracy called on the government to address the demands of the women journalists.
The suspension order by the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority could render 700 journalists jobless. Media groups described the order as ‘politically motivated’ and an attack on press freedom.
Media Matters for Democracy said the unavailability of quality internet access in the Pakistani regions of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Gilgit Baltistan, Balochistan, and rural Sindh and Punjab has made it difficult for students to participate in mandatory online classes.
Media Matters for Democracy said the government should review and redraft the latest Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 because it proposes measures that are not only anti-democratic but also a negation of international best practices.