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X is still down in Pakistan, VPN also restricted

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X, formerly known as Twitter, continues to be disrupted in Pakistan for the tenth consecutive day. The outage coincides with restrictions imposed on virtual private networks (VPNs), further limiting access to social media platforms in the country. The disruption has sparked concerns over freedom of expression and access to information, with users unable to utilize […]


Sindh High Court Seeks Explanation for Election Day Internet Suspension

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The Sindh High Court (SHC) has demanded explanations from the information technology and communication,  interior ministries and the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) regarding the suspension of internet services on election day on February 08 in various parts of the country during the court hearing on February 21. The court expressed dissatisfaction with the decision to […]


Twitter Remains Unreachable for Fourth Consecutive Day in Pakistan

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Twitter continues to remain inaccessible in Pakistan for the fourth consecutive day, prompting concerns over freedom of expression and communication rights in the country. The disruption of the popular social media platform, which began on February 17, has caused frustration among users and drawn international attention, with the United States urging Pakistan to ensure unrestricted […]


Once again, access to X disrupted in Pakistan, cutting off citizens’ right to freely access information; authorities must provide a credible explanation

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Once again, access to the internet in Pakistan was restricted with the disruption in access to X, formerly Twitter, cutting off citizens’ right to freely access information. The disruption in access began on February 17 and has intermittently continued to be experienced for a third day on February 19. The Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), which […]


Rawalpindi Police Official Suspended for Alleged Assault on Journalists

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A police official in Rawalpindi has been suspended pending an inquiry following allegations of assaulting journalists covering a protest, as reported by Dawn on February 14, 2024. The suspension came after a police official was charged for reportedly torturing journalists during a protest held by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) in front of the Divisional Election Commission […]


Federal Information Minister Faces Backlash for Physical Altercation with BBC Reporter During Interview

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A video capturing Federal Caretaker Minister of Information and Broadcasting, Murtaza Solangi, in a physical altercation with BBC journalist Mobeen Azhar during an interview has sparked controversy. Azhar’s probing questions on press freedom in Pakistan led to the tense exchange, raising concerns about journalistic integrity and government transparency. A video circulating online has ignited widespread […]


Pakistan Press Foundation condemns smear campaign against journalists in Pakistan’s post-election turmoil

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The Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) strongly denounces the targeted smear campaign on social media against journalists in the aftermath of their reporting on Pakistan’s recent general elections. This campaign is characterized by a deluge of abusive, offensive, and vulgar comments. The PPF is alarmed by the intensification of cyberbullying tactics, particularly against female journalists, in […]


PPF takes strong exception to closure of mobile services on election day that cast doubt on the entire process, raise questions about government’s motive

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) takes strong exception to the closure of mobile connectivity and data services on election day across Pakistan that have cast doubts on the credibility of the entire election and raise questions about the government’s motives for leaving citizens in the dark.  Authorities stated that cell phone services had been suspended due […]


Pakistan Press Foundation condemns attacks on the media ahead of elections; emphasizes role of media in electoral process

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) condemns multiple incidents targeting journalists and media professionals in the lead-up to the general elections on February 8. Journalists are an essential part of the democratic electoral process and must be able to report on key developments regarding the elections without facing consequences.  PPF draws attention to the Election Commission of […]


Fact-check: Yes, PTI’s websites blocked in Pakistan ahead of polls

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Multiple online posts claim that authorities have blocked access to the official websites of the political party, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), ahead of the parliamentary election on February 8. The claim is true. Claim On January 25, a social media user tagged the interim minister for information technology on the platform X, formerly known as […]


PPF alarmed by FIA notices to media professionals for campaign against Supreme Court judges; urge the government to ensure free expression rather than clamp down on it

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by the issuance of notices by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to several dozen journalists and media professionals for being part of an “explicit and malicious campaign against Honorable Judges of [the] Supreme Court of Pakistan.”  PPF urges the government to direct the relevant state bodies, including the FIA, […]


Journalists reveal censorship on PTI coverage ahead of Pakistan’s elections

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In the context of Pakistan’s upcoming February 8 elections, journalist Amir Mehmood, a member of a private news channel’s top management in Lahore, received a WhatsApp message from a military official instructing censorship of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party coverage. Mehmood and several other journalists anonymously shared their experiences, indicating a broad restriction on mentioning PTI […]


Pakistan Press Foundation calls on authorities to ensure uninterrupted internet access rather than issuing incredulous explanations and leaving the door open for further disruptions

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) calls on authorities to ensure uninterrupted internet access rather than issuing incredulous explanations and leaving the door open for future disruptions after social media access was again disrupted in Pakistan. In what has become an unfortunate trend in the country, social media access was disrupted again on January 20. The disruption, […]


Representatives of press clubs, unions form alliance to resist restrictions on media in Pakistan

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The participants in the joint meeting decided to seek cooperation from human rights activists and lawyers and create deterrence over the safety of journalists and ‘shrinking space’ for free speech in the media, Dawn reported. In a bid to jointly resist media restrictions through pressure tactics and trolling on social media and to ensure freedom […]