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.
The petition urges the government to employ a strong data protection legislation for Pakistani citizens.
The campaign titled ‘Privacy Hum Sab Ke’ (Urdu for ‘Privacy for All’) aims to create awareness and advocate for data privacy and protection.
66 women’s rights, human rights, digital rights, and feminists groups endorse statement on internet blackout in Kashmir.