Latest News and Monitoring from Pakistan

Murder of Pakistani journalist highlights impunity again

The murder of yet another journalist in Pakistan this week because of his journalistic work once again raises the issue of journalists’ safety and the importance of ending the impunity both in that country and worldwide. Senior journalist Zaman Mehsud of Tank District in Pakistan’s northwest Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province was gunned down on Tuesday, one […]

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Pakistan cybercrime bill raises fears of online censorship

A bill that would give extraordinary power to the Pakistani government to censor online content continues to raise alarm among the country’s civil society as it moves through Parliament. Passed in April by the National Assembly, the lower house of Pakistan’s Parliament, the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) is currently under review by a […]

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IPI joins call on Pakistan to release Mir shooting report

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in calling for the formal release of a judicial commission’s report on the 2014 shooting of Geo Television journalist Hamid Mir after details of the report were leaked to the public. The PPF yesterday called on Pakistan Supreme Court Justice Anwar Zaheer Jamali […]

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Q&A: Pakistan’s Cyber Crime Bill and ‘electronic martial law’

A bill before lawmakers in Pakistan to prevent online crime in Pakistan has raised deep concern both in the country and abroad, with critics in the country’s political opposition and civil society accusing the proposal’s supporters of seeking to impose “electronic martial law”. Local observers claim that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015, commonly […]

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