September 24, 2020
ISLAMABAD—The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered cases against 49 social media activists and journalists for defaming national institutions.
The cases fall under the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016.
The journalists are Matiullah Jan, Umer Cheema, Asad Toor, Murtaza Solangi, Azaz Syed, Ammar Masood, and Bilal Farooqi.
In a tweet, Mubashir Zaidi termed it the biggest crackdown against journalists.
Murtaza Solangi tweeted that he would face the case. “Bring it ON. We are ready.”
Quoting FIA, DawnNews TV said notices were being issued to these social media activists and journalists.
Biggest crackdown against journalists & social media activists todate in #Pakistan . #FIA register cases against 49 journalists & social media activists under #PECA Names include @UmarCheema1 @AzazSyed @murtazasolangi @ammarmasood3 @AsadAToor @bilalfqi etc— Mubashir Zaidi (@Xadeejournalist) September 24, 2020
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