Comparative Analysis: Digital Media Regulatory Landscape in Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study compares Pakistan’s digital media laws with regulatory frameworks in India and Bangladesh and suggests a set of regulations that do not infringe on the fundamental rights of citizens.

Author: Yasir Abbas
Design: Aniqa Haider

Criminalising Speech: A Comparative Analysis of Pakistan’s Criminal Defamation Laws

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study explores how criminal defamation undermines the right to freedom of expression in Pakistan.

Author: Salwa Rana
Design: Aniqa Haider

Quality of News Coverage of the Covid-19 Pandemic in the Pakistani Press

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this research examines the quality of Covid-19 news coverage in Pakistan’s mainstream print, broadcast media by analysing content published between 2020 and 2021.

Authors: Waqas Naeem, Aroosa Shaukat
Design: Aniqa Haider

State of Pakistan’s Media Economy

State of Pakistan’s Media Economy

Published on September 1, 2022

The publication is a step towards mapping and analysing the media’s economic landscape of the country, and its role in ensuring media and digital freedoms. 

Social Media in a Mental Health Dismissive Society

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study examines the 2021 Facebook Papers revelations in Pakistani context and explores Big Tech’s negligence towards young users.

Author: Hamza Shahid
Design: Aniqa Haider

Misinformation on YouTube: Use of Misleading Titles to Promote Hateful Narrative against Aurat March in Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study examines the extent of misinformation spread through videos on YouTube against the annual Women’s March in Pakistan.

Author: Amel Ghani
Design: Aniqa Haider

Towards Meaningful Connectivity: A Policy Paper

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this policy paper is a comparative analysis of Pakistan’s internet access and related policies…

Connecting the Disconnected: Mapping Gaps in Digital Access in Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study explores the situation for open and equitable access to the internet and digital resources in Pakistan.

Authors: Hija Kamran, Sadaf Khan, Salwa Rana, Zoya Rehman, Maria Malik

Design: Aniqa Haider

Protecting the Data: A Comparative Analysis of Pakistan’s Personal Data Protection Bill. 2020

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Protecting the Data’ is a comparative analysis of global data protection practices in relation to local proposed legislation

Author: Jannat Ali Kalyar
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Misinformation in the Public Eye: Public’s Perception and Response to the ‘Infodemic’

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Misinformation in the Public Eye’ studies public’s perception of misinformation and their ability to identify and push-back misinformation on various mediums.

Authors: Amel Ghani, Sadaf Khan
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Women Journalists and the Double Bind: The Self-Censorship Effect of Online Harassment in Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Women Journalists and the Double Bind’ examines the factors that push women journalists to limit their professional expression and practice self-censorship. 

Research Team: Aroosa Shaukat, Waqas Naeem
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Disorder in the Newsroom: Media’s Perceptions and Response to the ‘Infodemic’

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, with support from Friedrich Naumann Foundation, the study attempts to assess just how deep the ‘information disorder’ goes, how it affects the newsrooms, and how are the journalists and media dealing with it

Authors: Sadaf Khan, Amel Ghani
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Women Disconnected: Feminist Case Studies on Gender Digital Divide Amidst COVID-19

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Women Disconnected’ examines the impact of the gender digital divide on women in Pakistan during the coronavirus pandemic. The research is based on a survey with 215 women from across Pakistan and a series of in-depth interviews.

Authors: Hija Kamran, Zoya Rehman, Zoha Batool Khan
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Public Trust in the Media During the Coronavirus Pandemic

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, the study looks at the information needs and news consumption behaviour of the Pakistani public during the pandemic.

Author: Waqas Naeem
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Sahafat Ke Alif Bay Pay: A Guidebook for Digital Journalists

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this guidebook is aimed at journalists who want to learn more about they key concepts of digital journalism

Author: Waqas Naeem
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Policy Paper on Independent Media Regulation

Policy Paper on Independent Media Regulation

Published on December 17, 2020

The paper reviews the international trends and policy approaches in media regulation, and presents a brief history of different media regulations in Pakistan to contextualise the policy analysis, which is focussed on the issues with the nature and impact of broadcast media regulation.

White Paper Online Media Regulation

White Paper Online Media Regulation

Published on December 15, 2020

The regulatory efforts and policy measures undertaken by the government regarding online media during the past two years have raised serious questions about the protections for press freedom and freedom of expression on the Internet in Pakistan

White Paper on Reforms for the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016

Prepared and Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this white paper outlines the reforms required under Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 in pursuance of civil liberties and fundamental rights

Author: Waqas Naeem

A Democratic Fundamental: Making the Case for Free Speech and Expression

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘A Democratic Fundamental’ presents an overview of all laws governing free speech and expression in Pakistan.

Authors: Noor Ejaz Chaudhary, Omer Imran Malik
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Media Matters for Democracy 2019: A Year in Review

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘2019: A Year in Review’ documents and presents some of MMFD’s achievements from 2019, and celebrates the team and their work.

Author: Sarah Zafar
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Data Journalism in the Newsroom: A Digital Guide

Data Journalism in the Newsroom: A Digital Guide

Published on January 18, 2020

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Data Journalism in the Newsroom’ offers it’s readers a thorough insight into the best practices of data journalism

Author: Waqas Naeem

Data Journalism in Pakistan: Challenges and Prospects

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, ‘Data Journalism in Pakistan’ offers recommendations and resources about data-driven journalism for journalists, news organisations, and media development organisations.

Author: Waqas Naeem

The Internet As We See It: Gendered Perceptions from Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this research study explores perceptions of the Internet among male and female Internet users in Pakistan

Authors: Sadaf Khan, Amel Ghani
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Hostile Bytes: A Study of Online Violence Against Women Journalists

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, Hostile Bytes studies the nature and extent of online violence and targeted hate campaigns against women journalists in particular, and attempts to demonstrate the potential impact of such violence on women journalists’ professional duties.

Author: Hija Kamran
Designer: Aniqa Haider

The Media Legal Landscape: A Guidebook for Pakistan Based Journalists

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this guidebook helps Pakistani journalists understand the media-legal-landscape of Pakistan

Authors: Salwa Rana
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Protecting the Digital Data: An Overview of the Corporate Data Protection Policies

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, this study analyses the privacy policies of eight leading digital companies of Pakistan with a lens of privacy as a fundamental right

Author: Talal Raza
Designer: Aniqa Haider

Pakistan’s RTI Journey: The Human Stories Behind the Struggle for Access to Information

Published by MMFD, Pakistan’s RTI Journey is a homage to the struggles of all the information activists of Pakistan, who led the campaign for access to information

Author: Waqas Naeem
Designer: Aniqa Haider

UNSHACKLING EXPRESSION: a study on laws criminalising expression online in Asia

Published by Association for Progressive Communicate, Unshackling Expression, attempts to map laws that stand to criminalise expression online in Asia. Its a collection of country chapters contributed by APC partners and each of them detailing the local legal framework. Pakistan-chapter is contributed by Media Matters for Democracy.

Authors: Sadaf Khan & Asad Baig

She Connects: Tech Enabled Women-Entrepenuership in Pakistan

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, the study explores trends and challenges for new entrants and also has a focus on the integration of home-based workforce through tech-based start-ups through its thematic approach.

Authors: Sadaf Khan
Designer: Aniqa Haider

The RTI Implementation Challenge: An Overview of Implementation of RTI Laws in Federal, Sindh, Punjab, and KPK

Published by Media Matters for Democracy, the ‘RTI Implementation challenge’ is an overview and the analysis of the implementation of the Right to Information Laws in the Federal ICT, Sindh, Punjab, and Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa 

Author: Waqas Naeem
Designer: Aniqa Haider