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Govt plans to draw ‘red lines’ for social media in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: As the controversy over the crackdown against online anti-army campaigners heats up, the government on Tuesday revealed its plan to draw red lines for the social media service providers for operating in Pakistan. “There will be no restrictions on social media. But, yes, there will be red lines in accordance with the law and […]


PPF condemns the murderous terrorist attack on Afghan TV station  

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  Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Ashraf Ghani, President of Afghanistan, expressed serious concern over the killing of four media workers in the terrorist attack on the National Radio Television Afghanistan (RTA) Afghan state Television station in Jalal Abad, capital of eastern Nangarhar province. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his […]


PPF condemns the blocking of websites inside the Ukraine

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Volodymyr Groysman, Prime Minister of Ukraine, expressed concern over blocking to access in Ukraine to some of Russia’s most popular websites and social media sites including Yandex, Mail.ru, VKontakte and Odnoclassniki. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter termed the blanket blocking of popular websites […]


PPF seeks justice for slain Mexican journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Enrique Peña Nieto, President of Mexico, is alarmed over the killing of Javier Valdez Cárdenas on May 15, in Culiacán, the capital of Sinaloa state. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government of Mexico, to thoroughly investigate the incident and bring to justice, the perpetrators […]


Free speech in danger

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The state appears to have developed a taste for intimidation that society ought to be deeply concerned about. Initially, when a handful of bloggers went missing, there was great deal of confusion and uncertainty. Soon, however, it became apparent that a new front against lawful free speech had been opened under the guise of cracking […]


PPF seeks justice for Malaysian journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Prime Minister of Malaysia Najib Razak expressed serious concern that the trial of Malaysiakini Chief Executive Officer, PremeshChandran on May 15 over the airing of an allegedly ‘offensive’ video on KiniTV website. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter to Malaysian government demanded to immediately […]


PPF concerned over ill treatment of detained journalist in Egypt

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Pakistan Press Freedom (PPF), in a letter to President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi of Egypt, expressed concern over the denial of visitation to journalist Badr Mohamed Badr in Tora Prison, by his lawyer and family even for medical treatment. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali urged the government to respect the rights of Badr to meet […]


PTI to protest clampdown on social media activists

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LAHORE: The Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf has decided to take to street against what it called the government’s harassment drive against political workers under the garb of crackdown on social media activists. Speaking at a training workshop at a local hotel on Sunday, Opposition Leader in the Punjab Assembly, Mian Mahmoodur Rasheed, said the rulers should not […]


HRCP alarmed at arbitrary curbs on freedom of expression

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PESHAWAR: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has voiced serious alarm over arbitrary curbs on freedom of expression, a climate of intimidation and the authorities’ stated intent to act against any perceived slight to the armed forces through the social media. In a statement issued on Friday, the Commission said: “HRCP notes with growing […]


IFEX urges Pakistan to provide updated information on journalists killing to UNESCO

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KARACHI: International Freedom of Expression Exchange (IFEX) Executive Director Annie Game has urged Pakistan’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to respond to UNESCO Director-General’s 2017 request that has sought information on the status of judicial inquiries into the killings of 55 journalists in Pakistan from 2006 to 2016. In a letter, Game also asked the Prime […]


Imran accuses govt of harassing social media activists

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) chairman Imran Khan on Wednesday accused the federal government of abusing the cybercrime law to victimise his party’s social media activists. “Govt abusing cybercrime law to politically victimise PTI social media activists by threatening/arresting them. Unacceptable in a democracy,” Mr Khan posted on Twitter following the arrest of Salar Kakar, a […]


Nawa-i-Waqt staffer shot dead

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LAHORE – A staffer of daily Nawa-i-Waqt was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen at his Dera in Manawan police limits on Wednesday afternoon. The body was shifted to the morgue for autopsy. The deceased was identified by police as 35-year-old Amir Shakeel, a designer at Nawa-i-Waqt and resident of Eden Society. Police investigators said […]


Balochistan: Slain journalist Gul’s family awaiting justice since five years

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KARACHI, May 18: No progress is still seen in the murder case of slain journalist Razzaq Gul, a district correspondent of Express News TV channel from Turbat, Balochistan province of Pakistan, as the police have badly failed to apprehend any assailant despite lapse of five years. According to Turbat police, Gul’s murder case has been […]


PPF voiced against media freedom in the Thailand, Iran and Tanzania

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) voiced concern over the violation of Media freedom in the Thailand, Iran and Tanzania. On May 15, 2017, PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter to Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand expressed serious concerns over the detention of six online media activists including human rights lawyer Prawet Praphanukul […]