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The much awaited and anticipated report on the global assessment of Internet and Digital Media titled “FREEDOM ON THE NET 2011” has been released by global watchdog Freedom House.

In order to illuminate the emerging threats to internet freedom and identify areas of opportunity, Freedom House created a unique methodology to assess the full range of elements that comprise digital media freedom. Each country received a numerical score from 0 (the most free) to 100 (the least free), which serves as the basis for an internet freedom status designation of Free (0-30 points), Partly Free (31-60 points), or Not Free (61-100). Ratings are determined through an examination of three broad categories: obstacles to access, limits on content, and violation of user rights.

The report examined internet freedom status in 37 countries around the globe. The study’s findings indicate that the threats to internet freedom are growing and have become more diverse. Cyber attacks, politically-motivated censorship, and government control over internet infrastructure have emerged as especially prominent threats to the growth of internet in Pakistan ranked 26th in the report while neighboring India was ranked 14th in the report.

The country specific report can be downloaded from:

http://www.freedomhouse.org/images/File/FotN/Pakistan2011.pdf

http://www.freedomhouse.org/template.cfm?page=664

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