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Pakistan May Drop Censorship Plan, But Vigilance Remains Necessary

Reports are trickling in that Pakistan has abandoned plans to outfit its cities’ Internet infrastructure with mass filtering equipment.

The source of some of these reports is a member of the lower house of Pakistan’s Parliament. While we are cautiously optimistic that this particular threat has passed, until the Ministry of Information Technology makes an official announcement, global civil society must remain vigilant.

For updated information about the campaign to draw attention to the government’s censorship plans and to put the spotlight on companies that are in a position to bid on the filtering project, check out the website of Pakistan-based NGO Bolo Bhi.