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Introducing Muavin – an open source technological tool to support women facing harassment online
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Muhafiz, Pakistan’s first digital threat reporting system for journalists and bloggers, goes live!
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In spite of continued objections over serious human rights implications, Pakistan’s new cyber crime bill passes through. Joint Statement by Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All and Association for Progressive Communication
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Human Rights Commission of Pakistan appreciates the tireless efforts of MMfD’s team on Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 advocacy
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Digital rights activists highlight concerns in PECB2016; Senate Committee set to make some changes in the Bill
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MMfD-PFUJ petition hearing in the Senate Standing Committee; the Chairman announces a sub-committee to jointly works towards consensus on PECB
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PFUJ and MMfD call upon the Senators to standby their expressed commitments and redraft PECB 2016 – submits a petition in Senate signed by journalists, anchorpersons and activists
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Media Matters for Democracy, Bytes for All, Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists and National Press Club held a consultation on PECB 2016 highlighting it’s implications on journalism
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Senate Sub-Committee recommends the Government and media houses to ensure safety of journalists; expresses commitment to jointly work towards journalists safety legislation
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Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016, yet another story of deception from democracy
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National Assembly passes the much resisted Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016
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#JournoSafe Update: Hamid Mir Commission Report Leaked
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Joint Action Committee Calls upon Opposition Parties to Resist PECB on Floor of Assembly
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Ministerial committee initiates stakeholder consultations on Media Workers Safety and Welfare Bill 2016. Media Matters for Democracy to provide recommendations
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Media Matters for Democracy, Rozan and Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism mark the launch of ‘Humara Media’ as a social media watchdog on mainstream media
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#JournoSafePK Alert: A journalist shot dead in Dera Islamil Khan, only 15 days in the new year.
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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, on the recommendations of ‘Working Group on PEMRA Reforms’ a specialised voluntary forum, announces to make Council of Complaint(s) hearings public
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Media Matters for Democracy facilitates the formation of a specialised, voluntary working group to push for PEMRA reforms
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Media Matters for Democracy and Code for Pakistan host a press conference at National Press Club Islamabad to introduce ‘Muhafiz’, Pakistan’s first digital threat reporting system
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Media Matters for Democracy hosts a Design Thinking Workshop to finalise ‘Muhafiz’
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Humara Media Launched!

Humara Media Launched!

November 23, 2015
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MMfD and CFP join hands to develop technological solution for media safety
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Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism, Rozan and MMfD to Launch Humara Media – First Episode due on 20th November 2015
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Sahar Habib Ghazi joins the Media Matters for Democracy’s Governing Board
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Media Matters for Democracy writes a letter to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to inquire the latest ‘notice’ asking broadcasters to suspend criticism of Saudi Arabia over Mina incident
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#JournoSafePK Alert: Tribal Journalist and HRCP Monitor, Zaman Mehsud Shot Dead in Tank Area of FATA
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In remembrance: Civil society and journalisms mark International Day to End Impunity
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#JournoSafePK Alert: A tribal journalist Abdul Azam Shinwari working for State news agency, APP, shot in Hayattabad
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#JournoSafePK Alert: Senior Journalist Aftab Alam Shot Dead in Karachi; 2 media workers die in 3 attacks within 24 hours
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#JournoSafePK Alert: Arshid Ali Jaffery Geo Staffer succumbs to death after an attack on GEO DSNG Van
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Events @ MMfD

Muhafiz is live! Media Matters for Democracy and Code for Pakistan hosted an orientation session for Muhafiz users in Peshawar

Code for Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy in partnership with Peshawar Press Club hosted a day-long orientation session for journalists nominated for Muhafiz’s trial-run. A wide range of professionals participated in the session and were given a demonstration of various functionalities of Muhafiz system. Team of developers and experts from Code for Pakistan briefed…

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A Consultation with Journalists and Senators – to highlight and discuss the implications of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2016 on Journalists and Journalism
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Media Matters for Democracy to commemorate World Press Freedom Day (3rd May) in partnership with UNESCO Pakistan, Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives and Netherlands Embassy

World Press Freedom Day Access to Information and Safety of Journalists 3rd May 2016 Islamabad, Pakistan The World Press Freedom Day is celebrated across the globe every 3rd May. It provides an opportunity to advance the fundamental principles of press freedom and promote peaceful and inclusive societies for sustainable development. In 2016, World Press Freedom…

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Media Matters for Democracy and Code for Pakistan to introduce ‘Muhafiz’ in a Press Conference at National Press Club Islamabad

MMfD and CFP to introduce ‘Muhafiz’ at National Press Club Islamabad in a press conference at 4:00 PM on 25th November, 2015. The event is aimed at introducing the framework which is due to launch in January 2016. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE First ever-digital solution for media safety in Pakistan initiated Islamabad, 25 November 2015: Muhafiz,…

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Media Matters for Democracy to host a Design Thinking Workshop to Finalise Muhafiz Design in Partnership with Code for Pakistan and UNESCO

      An independent, responsible news media is the cornerstone of any democracy, hence the concept of ‘fourth estate’ or the fourth pillar of the State. Some go as far to say the new media and/or press is the most important component of any democratic structure. Thomas Carlyle was the one of earliest individuals…

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#EndImpunityPK Update: End Impunity Day Vigil on 2nd November at 6:00 PM F6 – Chowk Islamabad

Invitation to End Impunity Vigil on 2nd Nov at 6:00 PM on F6-Chowk Islamabad from Media Matters for Democracy. Access to information and freedom of expression are the two main strengths of democratic societies. Without information, societies cannot develop to make informed decisions. Without information, the political and economic growths of societies remain stunted. The media…

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Register Now – Digital Security Training for women journalists and bloggers in Islamabad

MMfD is happy to announce Connected and Safe; securing yourself in the digital world – a digital security training workshop for women journalists, media workers and bloggers in Islamabad. Two training sessions are scheduled on 12 – 13 and 18 – 19 August 2015. As journalists in the digital age, we face various issues linked to the convergence…

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Peace Tech Exchange – Civic Tech Solutions for Gilbit Baltistan and Kybher Paktoonkhwa

What is Peace Tech Exchange? Peace Tech Exchanges are workshops organized to empower peace builders in conflict zones with low-cost, easy to use technology. In Pakistan, the Peace Tech Exchange workshop was organized by Bytes For All in partnership with USIP focusing on the social issues of Gilgit-Baltistan, FATA and Kybher Pakhtoonkhwa, encouraging volunteers to…

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