Under our initiative ‘Report Digital Rights’, we are taking following key actions:
1. Producing a field guide for journalists, to be used a reference point for understanding digital rights and internet governance issues in Pakistan. Titled ‘Understanding Internet Rights’ — a field guide for reporters in Pakistan — is to give Pakistani field reporters a crash course on the legal frameworks that govern cyberspace in Pakistan, lowdown on relevant laws and policies and how they interact with civil liberties and a list of online resource material for a deeper knowledge of these issues. For a digital copy of the field guide please click the image below.
2. Identifying, interfacing and training journalists and anchorpersons from mainstream media outlets in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad to enhance their understanding of digital rights and internet governance.
3. Generating original and exclusive news content around digital rights issues which either remain under the media’s radar due to various commercial conflict of interests (such as news about big telcos, or service providers) or simply aren’t covered. This news content is being produced by an in-house team of journalists at MMfD and includes exclusive interviews, news stories and data and investigative stories.
4. Curating the news content being generated by various news outlets and hosting them on an online platform, essentially to develop it as a resource for journalists and civil society advocates.
5. Launching www.digitalrightsmonitor.pk where all of this content will be hosted. The portal in addition to news content will also host various online resources, documents, copies of legislations, information about parliamentary committee dealing with various cyberspace issues and other related information to assist journalists in putting together better news content on digital rights.
6. Launching Digital Rights Monitor, a monthly digital publication to sum-up the state of affairs of digital rights in Pakistan on a monthly basis.
7. Most importantly, we are going to all major public and private universities in Islamabad, Lahore, and Karachi — all the media hubs — to talk to journalism students, the future journalists, and make them a part of digital rights and Internet governance debate in Pakistan.
A Twitter-based helpline for answering questions regarding digital rights
Most importantly under ‘Report for Digital Rights’ we are establishing a Twitter-based helpline for journalists and anchorpersons to shoot questions related to internet governance, laws and policies that govern Pakistan’s cyber-space and digital rights. To ask a question, simply type a tweet, tag @mmfd_pak and send to #ReportDigitalRights. From anything to the number of internet shutdowns in Pakistan in a year, to a particular clause of Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016, our team will respond back with a comprehensive answer very quickly. Don’t forget to tag @mmfd_pak.
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