Social Media Crackdown: Punishing Political Dissent or Fighting Extremism?

The Constitution of  Pakistan has  promised  freedom of expression to its citizens. That right has  further  been reaffirmed by Pakistan’s accession to  international conventions  and  treaties.  However, the  country  has a  chequered  history  when  it comes  to the exercise of those rights.

Intolerance towards dissent started shortly after Pakistan came into existence, but the problem became more pronounced during  Zia-ul-Haq’s dictatorship.  Instead of those wrongs  being corrected by the subsequent  democratically elected  governments, the problem kept on  getting complicated and  the freedom of  expression continued to be curtailed…. Read More 


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