cropped-BACK21.jpg

Content Blocking, Restriction and Takedown Requests 2017-2019

Posted · Add Comment

Content Blocking, Restriction and Takedown Requests 2017-2019 Date Content Takedown Requests, Restrictions and Removals January 2017 According to Facebook’s Transparency Report for July-Dec 2016, Pakistan made 1,002 requests to Facebook for content restriction. There were 6 total restrictions. According to Twitter’s Transparency Report for July-Dec 2016, Pakistan (government agency, police, other) made 13 removal requests […]

Screen Shot 2019-05-09 at 18.02.47

Petitions Against FIA, PTA and PECA

Posted · Add Comment

Below is a record of petitions filed against the Federation of Pakistan, Pakistan Telecommunications Authority and the Federal Investigation Agency for exercise of power, abuse of authority, violation of fundamental rights – espeically freedom of expression – and due process of law, in connection with the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016. PDF here. […]

PageLines-download1.jpeg

Our Official Correspondence Problem: Section 37

Posted · Add Comment

On January 21, Nida Kirmani and Reema Omer received notices from Twitter Legal via email, alerting them their tweets had been reported. Twitter had received “official correspondence” claiming the content was “in violation of Pakistan law.” This generated a fair bit of outrage – mostly directed at Twitter – for colluding with the government. As […]

cropped-BACK2.jpg

Bolo Bhi’s Written Submission in IHC Case

Posted · Add Comment

On November 20, 2017, Bolo Bhi submitted written arguments in its ongoing case challenging the Federation of Pakistan and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority’s (PTA) powers to issue directions and block content on the Internet. In December 2014, Bolo Bhi filed a petition before the Islamabad High Court challenging the legality and constitutionality of the Inter-Ministerial […]

rti1

International RTI Day: Bolo Bhi’s work utilising the Right to Information

Posted · 1 Comment

September 28 marks the International Right to Information Day. The free flow of information is an integral facet of a democratic society as it allows for an informed citizenry with the capacity to effectively monitor the introduction and implementation of legislation; providing checks and balances against corruption, and the misuse and abuse of statutory and […]

download

Summary: Senate Standing Committee on IT’s subcommittee meetings on PECB

Posted · Add Comment

Below is a summary of the discussion and outcomes of the two meetings held on June 29 and 30 by the Senate Standing Committee on IT’s subcommittee, tasked to review the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. The meetings were chaired by Senator Osman Saifullah Khan. These were attended by Senators, representatives from Ministry or Law and Ministry of […]

PageLines-download.png

PECB: Comparison of April’15, Sept’15 and Apr’16 versions

Posted · Add Comment

On April 13, 2016, the National Assembly of Pakistan passed the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill. Take a look at our comparison of the April 2015, September 2015 and April 2016 versions of the bill here. PECB Comparison New by Bolo Bhi Download September 2015 version here: Download April 2016 version here: Take a look […]

Featured Image Blank

Opposition Comments on PECB

Posted · Add Comment

The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), after being passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan on April 13, 2016, has now moved to the Senate. It is on tomorrow’s (May 17, 2016) Orders of the Day. We take a look at the commitments by those in opposition, to stop this bill from passing in its current […]

HerStory-Nation-Collage

Tracking HERstory

Posted · Add Comment

Who were Fahmida Allahbuksh, Samia Sarwar, or Saima Waheed and why they were significant women in Pakistani history? What happened in Lahore in 1983? Why are women burning dupattas in that historical photograph of WAF members, and what exactly is WAF? Are there no empowering women in Pakistan other than Asma Jahangir or Mukhtar Mai? […]

JAC Calls upon Opposition Parties to Resist PECB on Floor of Assembly

Posted · Add Comment

Joint Action Committee Calls upon Opposition Parties to Resist PECB on Floor of Assembly For Immediate Release April 10, 2016: The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) has been on the Orders of the Day twice during last week’s National Assembly session. Due to the focus on the Panama leaks, the House has been preoccupied […]