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Pakistan: Three staffers of television channel injured in suicide attack while covering protest rally

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Lahore: Three staff members of Aaj television channel were injured when a suicide bomber targeted police officials that were negotiating to end a protest by hundreds of pharmacists against amendments to the law to regulate sale of pharmaceutical drugs. The blast, which targeted the police officials in the busy Mall Road near the provincial assembly […]

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World Radio Day being observed today

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Radio Pakistan is airing special programmes to mark World Radio Day being observed today [Saturday] to highlight the role of this medium. The objective of the World Radio Day observed on February 13 is to raise greater awareness among the public about the importance of radio, encourage decision makers to establish and provide access to […]

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Orders passed by Federal Ombudsman and FTO under FOI shall be final, rules LHC

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The orders passed by Federal Ombudsman (FO) and Federal Tax Ombudsman (FTO) under Freedom of Information Ordinance, 2002 (FOI) shall be final and no further appeal has been provided by the legislature in the Right to Information cases under FOI, the Lahore High Court (LHC) ruled in a latest judgement. It is learnt that the […]

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Cybercrime bill under scrutiny

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The Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2015 tabled in May 2015, commonly known as the Cybercrime Bill, was aimed at keeping check on the cyber domains in Pakistan. It is still under discussion with the civil society feeling that the bill is akin to an Electronic Martial Law. Pakhtunkhwa Civil Society Network (PCSN), Blue Veins, […]

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Civil society urges government pass Right to Information Bill

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KARACHI: The Coalition on Transparency and Access to Information (C-TAI) undertook yet another attempt to convince the government to pass the Sindh Right to Information (RTI) Bill, 2015. Members of C-TAI, which is a coalition of 26 Sindh-based NGOs, gathered at an advocacy and consultative session to discuss the draft of the bill at Movenpick […]

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‘Despite flaws, Sindh FOI ‘Despite flaws, Sindh FOI law can still empower citizens’law can still empower citizens’

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Karachi Despites its inherent flaws, the provincial right to information law — if used — has the potential to empower citizens to a much higher degree and help improve on the current transparency and accountability levels in governance and all other related matters. The reason this law could bring about a possible change is that […]

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Facebook boss announces provision of free Internet for Pakistan

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CALIFORNIA – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the provision of free Internet access for users in Pakistan through the social-media giant’s new initiative Internet.org, which is currently available on Telenor network. Internet.org is a latest Facebook enterprise through which the company aims at providing free internet access to people in developing countries. Before Pakistan, […]

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Will YouTube ever be unblocked?

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Governments of Pakistan in the last decade have shown a propensity to inflict self-harm when it comes to new technologies, particularly the internet. The YouTube ban that was imposed more than two years ago has become an irrelevant laughing-stock. The ban has given rise to a reported acceleration in the development of proxies that may […]

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A ‘compliant’ alternative to YouTube

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KARACHI: The restriction on youtube.com is into its third year but uncertainty on when and how it would be unblocked and divide on justifications behind the sanction continue to hover around the world’s largest video sharing website. Islamabad banned the social video-sharing platform on September 17, 2012 after its parent company Google had turned down […]

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YouTube: a calcified issue

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THE outrage is over, the perceived hurt has healed and the piece of mischief that caused the furore in the first place has taken its place in the dustbin of history. The world has moved on — except for Pakistan, which stubbornly refuses to come to terms with the realities of the age of information, […]

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Tweeting terror

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“It is a message for the coalition…your men will end up in videos that are even more horrific and will do lasting damage to public opinion in your countries”. This is how Romain Cailet, a militant movements’ expert, has explained the motive behind Islamic State’s release of an over 22-minute long video showing the burning […]

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Cost in violation of ‘KP Right to Information Act 2013’

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Islamabad: The “Schedule of Fees for Hard Copies,” notified by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Commission on December 19, 2014 has shifted the burden of postal costs from public bodies to citizens if the requested information is more than 20 pages. If the requested information is more than 20 pages, a citizen will have to pay Rs […]

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ECP wants tighter control over sharing of info with media

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ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) Monday, through a circular, made an attempt to have tighter control over the practice of free sharing of information with the media. Interestingly, the circular contained a glaring spelling mistake: instead of writing ‘false media reports’, ‘falls media reports’ was typed in it. The circular says, “It has […]

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The right to know

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Pakistan’s Senate has finalized the Right to Information Bill. This Bill has been developed to make two of the cardinal principles of democracy, transparency and accountability, the cornerstone of Pakistan’s politics. If these two principles are established, Pakistan will not only be able to deal with the menace of corruption that has eaten into its […]

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