Social Media Crackdown: Punishing Political Dissent or Fighting Extremism?

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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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