VICE News has launched a new investigative documentary series profiling the world’s most repressive societies, and the first episode is focused squarely on LGBT rights in Pakistan. Blackout is a joint venture between VICE and Jigsaw, a tech incubator run by Google’s parent company Alphabet. The series covers “the global struggle for free expression and the role technology plays,” with each episode visiting a different culture to find out how people are fighting for their rights. The premiere finds its focus in Pakistan, where being gay is illegal and carries a sentence of up to 10 years in prison–not to mention the regular threat of violence from other citizens. The country’s first LGBT site, launched three years ago, was quickly shut down following death threats.
June 8 / Frontiers Media