Campaigning 2016
19 Mar 2016

bolobhi4The 2016 Freedom of Expression Campaigning Award-winner Bolo Bhi are a digital campaigning group who have orchestrated an impressive ongoing fight against attempts to censor the internet in Pakistan.

The all-women management team have launched internet freedom programmes, published research papers, tirelessly fought for government transparency and run numerous innovative digital security training programmes.

In 2015 the group turned their attention to the draconian Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, organising an extraordinary campaign of events, lobbying, press conferences and online actions. They brought international attention to a landmark bill that would otherwise have been pushed through with little public attention.

“This case alone could change everything for free speech in Pakistan.” — Farieha Aziz, co-director Bolo Bhi

Petition challenges Pakistan’s censorship in court

Nine Pakistani citizens have filed a constitutional petition in Pakistan to challenge censorship and recent arrests of journalists and activists

Bolo Bhi: Still much work to be done to oppose Pakistan’s Cyber Crimes Bill

Bolo Bhi has been opposed to PECA from the beginning because of its potential human rights violations and threats to the right to privacy and freedom of expression

Bolo Bhi will continue to fight Pakistan’s cyber crimes law

Bolo Bhi is continuing its fight against Pakistan’s recently enacted cyber crimes bill.

Pakistan passes Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill: “The youth of this country is losing hope”

Pakistan’s National Assembly passed a controversial Prevention of Electronics Crimes Bill on Thursday 11 August. The bill will permit the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority to manage, remove or block content on the internet.

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