Digital Security Of Public Figures: A Grave Concern

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Update: Pakistan Tehrik-Insaf issued press release denouncing attacks on Bolta Pakistan Facebook Page.   Recently, the Facebook account of Bolta Pakistan, a popular TV talk show hosted by senior journalist Javed Nusrat, was hacked by a group calling itself the ‘Insaf Cyber Force’, clearly claiming affiliation with the Pakistan Tehrik-Insaf (PTI). We are seriously concerned […]

Justice for Fakhra Younis, Justice for Acid Attack Survivors in Pakistan

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  Addressed to:  The National Assembly, The Senate & The Supreme Court of Pakistan On 10th of May’2011, the National Assembly unanimously passed the Acid Control and Acid Crime Bill. The bill recommends 14-year to lifetime imprisonment sentences and levies fines up to Rs.1 million for perpetrators of the crime. In December’2011, the Senate made an amendment […]


Adopt A School: Help Master Ayub

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Master Ayub has been teaching unprivileged children for over a decade.  In an open air classroom in a park in Sector F-6, he teaches over 200 children free of cost. Most of the students are street-children working at nearby restaurants. As part of our empowerment project, we want to make Master Ayub’s school sustainable, by […]

Cautious Celebration: Report Suggests Pakistan IT Ministry Withdraw Internet Censorship Plans

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Press Release Cautious Celebration: Report Suggests Pakistan IT Ministry Withdraw Internet Censorship Plans On Monday, the 19th of March, the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) confirmed to Member National Assembly Bushra Gohar, that plans for an Internet URL filtering & blocking system have been withdrawn (see: here). The plan (see: here) was for the ICT […]

Thank you Access Now, Let’s Keep Fighting!

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This week we launched a campaign with Access Now, building pressure on international companies to not respond to national URL filtering proposal. In the past few weeks, thanks to the consistent efforts of our partners Business Human Rights Resource Centre, we were able to get four international companies to commit they will not be applying […]


Access now calls for an end to Pakistan’s firewall: 20 million silenced

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Access, global movement for digital freedom, have launched a campaign to pressure international companies not to bid for Pakistan’s pending firewall. Our partners, in the campaign, Business Human Rights Resource Centre , were able to get four international companies to commit not to apply for government’s proposal for a URL filtering and blocking system. However, we […]

Chief Justice of Pakistan: Guard The Guardians

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We sent a letter to the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Iftikhar Chaudary on the 5th of March’2012. We have not received a response from his office. A copy of the letter is published below.  We, as civil society, write to seek your attention on the recent call for proposals by the ICT R&D fund, under Ministry of IT, for […]

National URL Filtering & Blocking System

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    PRESS KIT On Wednesday, the 22nd of February, the ICT R&D Fund under the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT), announced through newspapers and their website a Request For Proposal (RFP) for national “URL filtering and blocking system”. The RFP requires that: “Each [filtering] box should be able to handle a block list of […]

Thank you Sandvine, Verizon & Cisco, From Pakistan

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Our campaign partners, Business Human Rights Resource Centre,  confirmed to us that Sandvine, Verizon and Cisco committed not to apply for Pakistan Government’s call for proposal. Business Human Rights Resource Centre were previously able to help us get a statement of commitment from Websense. Letters from Sandvine: sandvine-re-pakistan-govt-tender-5-mar-2012 Statement from Verizon: “Verizon has never intended to bid on […]

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Timeline: Campaign against Internet Censorship in Pakistan

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[<a href=”” target=”_blank”>View the story “Pakistan:Campaign against Internet Censorship in Pakistan” on Storify</a>] As we continue the campaign against internet censorship, we feel it is crucial to inform  supporters in order to maintain momentum. Civil society groups both within and outside Pakistan have been working collectively against the impending internet censorship in Pakistan. Bushra Gohar, […]