Pakistan cybercrime bill raises free-speech questions
Islamabad: Questions of free speech are being raised after Pakistan’s lower house of parliament passed a cybercrime bill despite widespread opposition from civil rights activists and some members of parliament. The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 (PECB) was hurriedly passed in the National Assembly with only 30 of the 342 members present last Thursday. The move comes during a week where parliamentary debates were primarily focused on Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s family being named in the Panama Papers.
The bill is aimed at preventing online harassment, cyber stalking and blackmailing and seeks to criminalise those involved in these offences, according to Anusha Rahman, junior minister for information technology and communication. Al Jazeera