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Sana Saleem

The author is a blogger at The Guardian and Dawn. Her archive of published and unpublished work can be found on her personal blog.

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20 April 2016

Meet the Pakistani Security Expert Saving Lives in 140 Characters

Norbert Almeida is a security expert who for the past several years has provided security updates and security guides to the public via Twitter and his blog.

Pakistan Confronts Qadri Protestors, But It’s Anybody’s Guess How, Thanks to Media Blackout

The government maintains that limiting or even eliminating media coverage of civil unrest helps curb violence. But not everyone agrees with this approach.

19 April 2016

University Students in Pakistan Bring Conversation About Menstruation Out in the Open

"Realise that you have internalized concepts of misogyny...and instead of policing how they should resist, or debating whether or not this is effective, support them."

4 April 2016

#PanamaPapers Tell a Familiar Tale of Rich Political Elites in Pakistan

One of the biggest leaks in journalistic history reveals shady offshore dealings of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family, amongst other world leaders.

27 March 2016

Blood Donors Crowd Lahore Hospitals Following Devastating Park Bombing on Easter Sunday

Following the attack, scores of citizens began coordinating efforts to donate blood and provide support to the families of the victims.

23 February 2016

Dear Karachi City Officials, ‘Fix It’. (Or Else.)

Alamgir Khan's #fixit campaign has rallied young Karachiites into action has taken up the responsibility of fixing some of the city's most detrimental issues.

13 February 2016

Finally, a Wall to Unite People, Not Divide Them

Throughout history, walls have been a symbol of separation, segregation, and division. But a new phenomenon called the “wall of kindness” is doing just the opposite.

21 January 2016

Internet Censorship in Pakistan is Not Just About YouTube

Global Voices Advocacy

If at all, Internet regulation in Pakistan has been based on ad-hoc decisions that are made in the absence of transparency and accountability.

14 January 2016

Printers Censor Another New York Times Article, Shedding Light on Pakistan's Stifled Speech Environment

Global Voices Advocacy

"...this blank space in the newspaper speaks volumes about the conditions under which we live and write in Pakistan today."

8 June 2014

Death Toll Rises to 36, in Brazen Taliban Attack at Pakistan's Karachi Airport

Although the militants reportedly entered from the old terminal reserved for VVIP movement or Hajj Flights, both airports share the same runways and assailants have since accessed it.

After an Indian Minister Says ‘Sometimes Rape is Right’, #MenAgainstRape Stand Up in Pakistan

Hundreds of young men from Pakistan started standing up to join the hashtag campaign.

11 January 2013

Pakistani Activist Khudi Ali Killed in Bombings Targeting Hazaras

On 10 January, 2013 in Pakistan's southwestern city of Quetta, 82 people lost their lives in back-to-back bombings that hit an area populated primarily by ethnic Hazara Shia Muslims. Irfan...

11 December 2012

Global Voices: Where Every Voice Counts

Global Voices Advocacy

The idea that every voice counts is one that is very close to the notion of Global Voices as a platform and as a community. As netizens unite to have...

31 August 2012

Pakistan: Conflicting Reports in #SaveRimsha Blasphemy Case

The blasphemy law in Pakistan has been the focus of a heated debate yet again, after a minor christian girl named Rimsha was accused of blasphemy and was sent to...

21 June 2012

Pakistan: Video Leak Sends Shock Waves Across The Country

A leaked video showing popular anchorpersons Mehar Bokhari and Mubashar Lucman involved in a set-up interview has sent shock waves across the Pakistani media industry and the citizens, triggering a...

28 February 2012

Pakistan: Fighting the Great Firewall

The recent blow to the internet freedom in Pakistan has been the announcement of a request for proposal (RFP) for national “URL filtering and blocking system” by the ICT R&D...

25 November 2011

Pakistan: The Death of Nusrat Bhutto

The recent demise of Nusrat Bhutto, former first lady and wife of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, was mourned across Pakistan. A public holiday was declared as a part of the mourning,...

23 November 2011

Pakistan: Twitter Reactions to the SMS Filtering Announcement

The Pakistan Telecom Authorities' possible attempt at SMS filtering for abusive contents, had twitter timelines flooded with reactions; mostly humorous. Sana Saleem compiles Twitter reactions and provides update on the...

26 October 2011

Pakistan: Political Satire Becomes Internet Sensation

A recent song released on YouTube, by a group of young men from Lahore, has become an Internet sensation. The songs lyrics are heavily loaded with political satire, something that...

25 October 2011

Pakistan: Bloggers Dismayed at Google Adsense Ban

A recent ban on Google Adsense accounts has left many Pakistani bloggers dismayed. Scores of genuine publishers have fallen prey in a move aimed for crackdown on fraudulent websites and...

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