From the monthly archives: "August 2012"

Do you feel blocking of cellphone services in Baluchistan on Independence Day provokes resentment?

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The Provincial Government blocked cellphone access in Quetta and parts of Balochistan yesterday citing security reasons. Today, the Indian Government adopted the same measures for Kashmir. States around the world use national security as a reason for blanket blocking or blackout of communication. Given the ground realities in Baluchistan, do you feel services in Baluchistan on […]

Baluchistan: Access Should Not Be A Victim To National Security

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For Immediate Release Karachi: We express strong reservations against the Balochistan Government’s blockade of cellphone services in  the province, on Independence Day. Access to communication is a fundamental human right enshrined in the Constitution of Pakistan and the State has the responsibility to protect and uphold citizens’ rights across Pakistan. Last year too, authorities had shut […]

Stop Censoring To Protect Those in Power

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For Immediate Release   August 11: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) should stop violating the constitution and judicial orders through its acts of indiscriminate and ad hoc blocking of online content. In a recent order issued by the PTA, Internet Service Providers (ISPs) have been ordered to block ‘scandalous content’ including “sensual conversations between two sitting parliamentarians.” To […]

Blocked, Denied, Censored: 15,756

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For Immediate Release   Blocked, Denied, Censored: 15,756 Karachi: As an organization focused on policy making and implementation we urge the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to make public the list of websites it has blocked thus far and discontinue unconstitutional ad hoc blocking of websites. While responding to a suo moto notice by the Chief Justice of Pakistan, the […]