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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 […]


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 […]


Tolerance and the media

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My previous article, ‘Tolerant Pakistan’ was very well-received. All the peace-loving segments of society supported my viewpoint that prosperity cannot be achieved without ensuring a tolerant society based on equal rights and social justice. In order to ensure that Pakistan moves towards a bright future, we need to make Quaid-e-Azam’s August 11, 1947 speech our […]


Global cyberattack

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Digital security has been at the centre of many a discussion after a number of pre-elections hacks, including the US and French elections. If there were any doubts about whether the world has done enough to protect the vast troves of data existing in digital servers, a resounding answer was provided recently when a ransomware […]


Call for media code to curb sensationalism

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LAHORE: Media owners, practitioners and regulators should evolve a code to curb “sensationalism” as race amongst TV channels for “breaking the news” is affecting the media credibility and shrinking the number of viewers. This was crux of speeches delivered at a seminar on ‘Quality of media content, role of regulators, media professionals and owners’, arranged […]


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 […]


Sindh CM wants code of ethics for social media

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Democracy cannot flourish without the freedom of the press. Freedom of expression is imperative to the development of a country and a society. These views were expressed by Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah while speaking as the chief guest at the first session of a seminar titled, “Critical minds at critical times”, which […]


TV channels asked to avoid airing controversial content

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ISLAMABAD – The Pakistan Electronic Media Regularity Authority (PEMRA) on Thursday ordered private TV channels to respect the sanctity of Ramazan and avoid airing controversial content. The regulatory body issued guidelines asking all TV channels to strictly follow the code of conduct during the holy month and avoid airing controversial content. The PEMRA said, in […]


Media, our best hope

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THE 2016 media freedom report card makes for uncomfortable reading. Impunity for those who kill journalists continues to undermine attempts by legal systems worldwide to deliver justice and ensure the rule of law. Read alongside rising numbers of physical attacks and an increasingly hostile online space, we remain far from guaranteeing a safe environment for […]


Pemra stops airing of ex-militant leader’s interview

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ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has stopped airing of former Tali­ban spokesman Ehsanullah Ehsan’s exclusive interview by a private TV channel as the law does not allow portraying a positive image of a terrorist. A former spokesman for the banned Tehreek-i-Tali­ban Pakistan (TTP) and then its breakaway faction Jamaat-ul-Ahrar, Ehsan recently surrendered to the authorities […]


Ehsan Ullah Ehsan’s interview: Geo terms ban one-sided, to adopt legal course

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday prohibited Geo News from airing of the interview of Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) spokesperson Ehsan Ullah Ehsan in Jirga (TV show) as well as its promo. It has come to Pemra’s notice through monitoring that the private TV channel Geo News in its programme ‘Jirga’, which […]


Dawnleaks report to be unveiled Monday or Tuesday: Nisar

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TAXILA – Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar vowed again that the Dawn Leaks report would be unveiled either on Monday or Tuesday citing the delay was due to Panama case verdict. “Dawn leaks report issuance was revoked due to Panama Gate verdict but now it will be surfaced till Tuesday,” he said while addressing here a […]


Keeping safe and secure

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As a profession, journalism in Pakistan is one of the most dangerous ones to be in. The number of journalists killed over the past decade puts Pakistan at the top of countries where it is almost impossible to work freely and fairly as a media person. Despite the challenges, we continue to strive and struggle […]