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World starts enacting laws to curb online hate speech

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Governments worldwide are now busy framing effective laws to hold social networking websites responsible for searching and deleting defamatory content promptly or face massive financial penalties, which is quite a shift from the past when the focus was primarily on individuals posting or uploading controversial or provocative material on Internet. “Cyber-bullying” and an increase in […]


Social media crackdown

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The countrywide crackdown on social media activists allegedly running a sustained campaign against the military and other state institutions appears to be gathering steam, but has raised a plethora of questions in its wake about its modus operandi, targets and purpose. This is the first time the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), rammed through […]


Nisar orders PTA to ensure ‘sacred’ institutions not being maligned on social media

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ISLAMABAD: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali directed the chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Wednesday to ensure that social media was being used for healthy interactions instead of maligning “sacred” institutions and personalities. The interior minister ordered the head of the authority to formulate standard operating procedures (SOPs) for a framework which could ensure that social media […]


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 […]


Arrest of activists: PTI stages protest outside Karachi Press Club

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KARACHI: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) took to the streets on Monday, condemning the arrest of social media activists and a raid at the party’s social media cell in Peshawar. MNA Asad Umar, a senior leader of the party, along with its Karachi president Firdous Shamim Naqvi, staged a protest outside the Karachi Press Club where they said […]


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 […]


Islamabad rendezvous: PBA voices concern over foreign funding to some channels

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has expressed its concern over the “funding of some media channels through dubious, untaxed and unverified foreign money”. A PBA delegation – headed by Chairman Mian Aamer Mehmood and Secretary General Shakeel Masud Hussain – communicated this concern to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting on Monday. […]


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 […]


Rao Tehsin seeks copy of news leak inquiry report

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ISLAMABAD –  Former Principal Information Officer (PIO) Rao Tehsin Ali Khan has formally sought a copy of the “Dawn Leaks” inquiry report with all relevant documents collected during the course of inquiry so that he could decide his future course of action in the wake of disciplinary proceedings to be initiated against him, The Nation […]


Imran warns govt against banning social media

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Quetta – PTI chief Imran Khan Friday saw a role of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif in the ICJ order to halt execution of Indian spy-terrorist Kulbhushan Jadhav, and warned the government against muzzling the social media. He also alleged that the present leaders were on a looting spree and running the country like the British […]


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 […]


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 […]


‫مقتول صحافی رزاق گل کے اہل خانہ پانچ سال سے انصاف کے منتظر

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کراچی، 18 مئی: پاکستان کے صوبہ بلوچستان کے شہر تربت میں ایکسپریس نیوز ٹی وی کے ضلعی نامہ نگار مقتول صحافی رزاق گل  کے مقدمہ  میں ابھی تک کوئی پیش رفت نہیں   ہو سکی ، پانچ سال کا طویل عرصہ گزرجانے  کے باوجود پولیس کسی بھی حملہ آور کو گرفتار کرنے میں ناکام رہی ہے۔ […]


Health is wealth: National media to support govt’s awareness campaign

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination [NHS] on Monday received a nod from the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority [PEMRA] as well as national TV and radio stations for broadcasting public service messages. The agreement is in line with the public service message ruling within the [PEMRA] Ordinance, Section 20 (e) Act […]