Bloggers Arrested in Pakistan for Posting Fake Images Online
11 months ago
Few fellow bloggers are reportedly missing for more than 12 hours now as they are not responding on their mobile numbers after appearing before FIA Cyber Crime Wing Islamabad yesterday morning, sources have confirmed ProPakistani.
At least three bloggers had been asked by FIA Cyber Crime Wing Islamabad to present themselves before investigation officer on (Dec 31st, 2016) for posting images of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with a PML(N) leader while wrongly attributing him as Justice Saqib Nisar.
Bloggers, while they had removed the images, made themselves available at FIA office Islamabad but only to get arrested.
Families of these bloggers, when contacted, were clueless and had no idea on whereabouts of their kids.
These part time bloggers, hailing from Multan, had posted images in question online and FIA was able to track them down through WHOIS information available on their website.
Not to mention, these three bloggers were among few thousands other online users who had shared the images in question on Whatsapp, Facebook and through other social media channels.
Through sources we know that these bloggers are now detained by the FIA, however, nothing has been said officially on the matter as of yet.
It must be mentioned here that Ch. Nisar, Interior Minister, had ordered the FIA to investigate the culprits behind spreading fake image of Mr. Sharif with Chief Justice.
As it is clear to everyone, instead of catching the original posters, FIA will nab easy targets only.
While we aren’t certain about the section of cyber crime bill that’s being investigated, but from the looks it appear that bloggers might be charged with “Cyber Terrorism”.
Section 7 of Cyber Crime Law deals with Cyber Terrorism and it says:
= the use of threat is designed to coerce, intimidate, overawe or create a sense of fear, panic or insecurity in the government or the public or a section of the public or community or sect or in society
Since we don’t have information on what section are they going to get charged with, its early to comment about any consequence.
But just to give you an idea, Under this section, if proven guilty, these bloggers could face up to 14 years in prison or/and up to Rs. 50 million in fine.
It must be mentioned that there are more bloggers, and a hosting provider who were also sent these notices but are out of Pakistan as of now.
While we had warned you before, this is what Cyber Crime law was all about. Post a fake image on Facebook — which is obviously wrong — and get behind the bards immediately, with no warrants, investigation or trial at all.
This is a developing story and will be updated as we get more information on it.