Threats, arrests, blocked accounts and restricted posts -- Big Brother is watching more closely than ever in Pakistan as authorities accelerate efforts to censor social networks, further reducing an already shrunken space for dissent.
In the past 18 months, a slew of journalists, activists, and Government opponents –- both at home and overseas -- have faced intimidation or the threat of legal action for their online posts.
Censorship is already rife among Pakistan's mainstream media, with the Committee to Protect Journalists noting last year that the Military had "quietly but effectively" imposed strict limits on the scope of general news reporting.
Platforms such as Facebook and Twitter were regarded as the last holdouts of dissenting voices, but now that has changed.
In February, authorities announced the creation of a new enforcement arm to root out social media users accused of spreading "hate speech and violence" as part of the crackdown.
Gul Bukhari, a columnist and sometime Government critic who was briefly abducted by unidentified men last year, said the assault on social media was carefully organised and coordinated.
"It is the last frontier they try to conquer,"Bukhari explained.
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