Social media clampdown on 'hate speech' an attempt to silence dissent

Social media clampdown on 'hate speech' an attempt to silence dissent
Information Minister Fawad Chaudrhy has announced a 'comprehensive
crackdown' on hate speech on social media. Activists are already being
booked in the country and this crackdown is most likely to target
dissent, not hate speech.

  •  Information Minister has announced a comprehensive crackdown

  •  on “hate speech” on social media in Pakistan

  •  A working group, with representatives of FIA and other security agencies

  •  has been formed for the purpose

  •  Activists and journalists have criticized the move

  •  They say the step is aimed at silencing dissent

  •  under the garb of countering hate speech

  •  Last week, academic and activist Ammar Ali Jan was arrested

  •  His ‘crime’ was participation in a protest in Lahore

  •  against killing of Professor Arman Loni in Loralai,

  •  allegedly at the hands of police

  •  Journalist Razi Dada who has been critical of the state institutions

  •  was also arrested the same day

  •  Although his tweets circulating on social media did contain hate speech,

  •  he wasn’t charged with it in the FIR filed against him

  •  The announcement of clampdown on social media

  •  and the recent arrests are worrying

  •  Most disturbingly, political leaders are silent

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