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Long Story Short: Blocking on the Internet

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Here’s the long story short on blocking on the Internet: 1) Internet is a passive medium – unless you make a conscious effort to access certain content, you don’t see it 2) In rare instances when you are confronted by content you don’t want to see i.e. something appears on your Facebook or Twitter feed, […]

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Hearing 2: Bolo Bhi’s Petition Challenging IMCEW

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The second hearing of Bolo Bhi’s case challenging the legality of the IMCEW was held before the Islamabad High Court on Thursday, January 15, 2015. Counsel for the Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunications (MOITT) urged the court to vacate the stay order until the resolution of the case. However the honourable judge was of […]

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Petition Annexure

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BEFORE THE ISLAMABAD HIGH COURT, ISLAMABAD W.P. NO. 4994/2014  WRIT PETITION UNDER ARTICLE 199 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN, 1973 READ ALONG WITH ALL OTHER ENABLING PROVISIONS OF THE LAW INDEX OF DOCUMENTS   DOCUMENT ANNEXURE     Notification of the Ministry of Information Technology dated 29.08.2006 B   Reports by the […]

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Some Disclosure At Last

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On December 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed a petition challenging the legality of the IMCEW. On December 15, our petition came up for a preliminary hearing before Justice Athar Minallah at the Islamabad High Court.  [Read details of hearing and petition here] Two documents obtained through our freedom of information requests were brought to the court’s […]

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Hearing 1: Bolo Bhi’s Petition Challenging IMCEW

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On December 12, 2014, Bolo Bhi filed a writ petition in the Islamabad High Court, challenging the legality of the Inter-Ministerial Committee for the Evaluation of Websites (IMCEW).  [More details in our press release here] The preliminary hearing was held on Monday, December 15, 2014 before Justice Athar Minallah. Bolo Bhi was represented through its legal counsel, […]

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Beating Around the Bush on YouTube – Again

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During the 16th session of the National Assembly of Pakistan on December 4, MNA Shazia Marri received a written response from the Cabinet Division to her question on the YouTube ban. Ms Marri’s question was as follows: Will the Minister In-charge of the Cabinet Division be pleased to state: (a) whether there is any proposal […]

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The Pakistan Penal Code and Online Content

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In April 2014, Facebook released its second transparency report. This showed that they had complied with a Pakistan government request for restriction of content on the basis of ‘criticism of the state’ in compliance with ‘local law’ (see report here). [See also Facebook Transparency Report: Since When is Criticism of the State Illegal in Pakistan] […]