PTA Blocks ‘Freedom on the Net’ Report in Pakistan

Recent times have seen Pakistan struggle when it comes to ‘freedom on the internet’. A study was conducted and ranked Pakistan on 5th when it came to people being intimidated, silenced, banned and murdered for writing things on various social media websites.

The study — Freedom on the Net — is a Freedom House project which consists of analysis, fact-based advocacy, and on-the-ground capacity building.

The limelight of the analysis is the annual Freedom on the Net report. It includes a ranked, country-by-country assessment of online freedom, an in depth global overview of the latest developments.

Banned By Government

Due to a bad review by the annual report for the sixth consecutive year, the government has banned the report in Pakistan.

There’s no doubt that Pakistan government is displeased because, in their opinion, it is an agenda and a clear attempt to malign the country.

However, when you look at the incidents that have taken place in the past year, one might not completely agree with the narrative set by Pakistan’s information ministry and PTA, which initiated the request to block the online portal of the independent study.

Information Minister, Marriyum Aurangzeb, made some remarks about it and claimed:

Saying that there are internet shutdowns, a problematic cybercrime law, and cyber attacks against government critics which contribute deterioration, and indeed that political speech online is vulnerable to restriction as Pakistan enters an election year in 2018, is a shameless campaign against Pakistan, which believes in all kinds of freedom.

While talking, she confirmed that ‘in accordance with Pakistan’s cybercrime law, PTA has blocked the link [to the new study’s portal].

Recent Incidents

Not long ago, a court recently sentenced an internet user to death for committing blasphemy on Facebook. Moreover, a student in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province was killed on campus by a mob that accused him of posting blasphemous content online.

Furthermore, several people have been arrested for selling drugs online, harassing women and blackmailing them.

These are not the only incidents that have taken place. So to claim that this is all an effort to ‘malign the image of Pakistan’ would be a stretch of imagination.

There are a number of problems that need to be addressed but it will become an impossible task if the government fails to acknowledge the existence of these problems in the first place.

However, one must also consider that Pakistan has its unique issues as far as internet is concerned. There is a lack of maturity when it comes to internet usage and strong examples need to be set to prevent misuse of the service. Regardless of that, the government needs to ensure transparency and needs to bring some changes that solve the issues with the current laws and regulations.

  • Liberal people always add controversies to malign Islam and it’s rules. You are one of them. Every person who commits blasphemy should be treated as per Islam. We will never accept liberal views who even don’t hesitate to marry their own sisters. Rest in peace.

      • Don’t u know abt evil libtard Lesbians, evil libtard incest? Yea these libtards are coming with all these pagans stuff, these libtards are stuck in the past.

      • Most so called liberals don’t even marry their first causins. Looks like this Baby watches too many third class movies.

    • There exists no blasphemy law mentioned in Quran or Hadoth it’s just something we gave invented so in a sense we are liberal.

      • In sahih ul Bukhari there is a whole chapter on this blasphemy and shahba risked their life to kill them…..

  • Libtards are root of all evil. These libtards are actually possessed by evil jinns. These libtards are playing the same game around the globe. Jews, Christians, Hindus etc all despise them.

  • Sane people still exist WOW. Dude media in this country are funded by militant CIA terrorist organization and their libtard tharki workers.

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