The broadened scope and expanded penalties for critical speech in the Amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act follow previous concerns GNI has raised about rushed processes for content regulation and undue restrictions on intermediaries providing services in Pakistan.
GNI calls on the government to rescind the Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content Rules, engage in proper consultation, and consider GNI's recommendations for rights-enhancing regulations.
On 16 July 2020, GNI hosted a multistakeholder roundtable discussion with local experts and policymakers on digital content regulation in Pakistan. The discussion was informed by a forthcoming policy brief from GNI examining content regulation efforts worldwide with a human rights lens.
The Global Network Initiative welcomes Monday’s decision by the Islamabad High Court declaring shutdowns of mobile networks on the pretext of security illegal throughout the country unless they are accompanied by a presidential proclamation of emergency.
The Global Network Initiative is concerned that Pakistan’s Cybercrime Bill will usher in a new era of unprecedented restriction on the free flow of information for its citizens.