Latest News and Monitoring from Pakistan

Critics: Pakistan election bill may limit access to info

Pakistan’s Parliament should make improvements to a draft election bill that could harm election transparency and limit access to information, the International Press Institute (IPI) said today, joining a call by civil society organisations and activists in the country. In a Jan. 16 report, the Free and Fair Elections Network (FAFEN), a Pakistani NGO, criticised […]

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Prominent Pakistan journalist put under travel ban

The International Press Institute (IPI) today joined calls for Pakistan to lift the travel ban imposed on a leading newspaper columnist in the wake of his story on a confrontational meeting between leaders of the country’s civilian government and the military. Cyril Almeida, assistant editor of the English-language daily newspaper Dawn, learned on Monday that […]

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Activists attack Pakistan TV station, leaving one dead

The International Press Institute (IPI) today condemned an attack on local TV channel ARY News in Pakistan’s southern port city of Karachi by activists of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) that left at least one person dead and several others injured. The violence occurred shortly after MQM chief Altaf Hussain, who lives in self-imposed exile […]

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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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