Pakistan cracks down on anti-army campaigners
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- Opposition parties and activists say that dozens of social media users in Pakistan have been detained or interrogated by the FIA for posting “anti-military” content.
- The Nation reported on Friday that the FIA compiled a list of 33 social media users for carrying out “propaganda” against the army.
- It is the first time the new law has been used in a broad crackdown against political opposition. Two people were charged under the law, including one for sharing a satirical picture of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
- A Pakistani journalist said he had received an intimidating phone call from an alleged FIA official who asked him to appear in person to explain his social media activity.
- Pakistan’s parliament passed the cybercrime law last August, despite opposition from rights activists which said its wording was overly broad and would curb free speech.