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MLDI publishes 2014 Annual Review

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24 Oct 2014

This year, with the imprisonment of three Al Jazeera journalists in Egypt on false news charges, press freedom issues made headlines around the world. News coverage of this scale is rare, but the sentences are not: oppressive governments around the world are increasingly using false news, criminal libel and national security laws to criminalise free speech.

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Pakistan High Court orders YouTube unblocked

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14 May 2014

Twenty months after YouTube was blocked by the Pakistani government, the High Court of Lahore held yesterday that YouTube should be unblocked in Pakistan.

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My story: Shahzad Ahmad, Bytes for All

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10 Oct 2013

Shahzad Ahmad is Director of Bytes for All, a human rights organisation that campaigns against internet censorship in Pakistan. MLDI is supporting Bytes for All on a case it has brought to the courts claiming that the banning of You Tube is against the Pakistan constitution. Here Shahzad gives us more background on the case. We will feature further updates as the case progresses.

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A win – sort of

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15 May 2014

Yasser Latif Hamdani - The Supreme Court’s interim order dated 17.9.2012 ordering the blocking of the offensive video “Innocence of Muslims” on the internet is one of the strangest orders, even for an activist Supreme Court that Chaudhry Iftikhar’s Court was.

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Pakistan High Court orders YouTube unblocked

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14 May 2014

Twenty months after YouTube was blocked by the Pakistani government, the High Court of Lahore held yesterday that YouTube should be unblocked in Pakistan.

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Major Challenges to Fundamental Right of Freedom of Speech in Pakistan

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2 Dec 2014

Yasser Latif Hamdani writes about the current challenges to free speech in Pakistan: "Tragically, in a society and a state is so torn apart by fear, law and constitutional politics become useless. The challenge that the Taliban now pose – regardless of the outcome of the so called peace talks- will only get more amplified. The first casualty is going to be the Fundamental Rights Chapter of the Constitution."

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