ISLAMABAD: The Media Matters for Democracy (MMD) on Saturday slammed the government for shutting down telecommunication networks across the country and urged it devise a more comprehensive plan to maintain law and order.
“Media Matters for Democracy express grave concerns over these shutdowns and maintain that access to Internet and telecommunication services should be treated as a basic human right and under no circumstance should be interrupted, or controlled in any way or manner,” read a statement by the body.
“There is no empirical evidence available that network shutdowns prevent or otherwise obstruct terrorist activities. On the contrary, not being able to contact or communicate can potentially disrupt the lives of the citizens.”
“Shutdowns negatively impact a range of fundamental rights and can prove to be extremely dangerous, especially during the time when the threats are high, or in public processions, when the ability to communicate is crucial for personal safety.”
Cellular services across the country were disrupted by the government on Friday and Saturday due to security in the light of Muharram 9 and 10 processions.
Story first published: 30th September 2017