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PPF challenges Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act

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The Pakistan Press Foundation has challenged the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016 as being ‘ultra vires’ to the constitution, especially Article 19, which gives every citizen the right to freedom of speech and expression. In a petition, lawyer Yasser Latif Hamdani has argued that despite a lapse of two years the ministry is yet […]


SC restrains media from airing public comments in sub judice matters

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a verdict wherein the media has been restrained from airing public comments regarding sub judice matters. “The oft-used term ‘media trial’ is a real phenomenon and cannot be allowed where the fate of sub judice matters is being decided on public forums as not only the […]

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RTI alliance launched

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Islamabad: To conduct research on current situation of Right to Information (RTI) and to create awareness on RTI law, civil society organisations working on RTI has launched Pakistan Alliance on Right to Information (PA-RTI). Under this alliance, awareness activities, policy seminars and a national level briefing of Federal Minister for Information Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on […]

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RTI Champions Awards 2018 conferred

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ISLAMABAD: The Coalition on Right to Information conferred RTI Champions Awards 2018 during a ceremony here. Senator Farhatullah Babar was chief guest at the ceremony. The awards were conferred on Riaz Khan Daudzai and Zohaib Hassan in the Journalist, citizen and best performing PIO categories, respectively. The News International

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Ministries have not provided information required under federal RTI law: study

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ISLAMABAD: Federal ministries have not provided 39 categories of information required under the 2017 Federal Right of Access to Information Act, 17 ministries have not set up websites and 29 have performed poorly in complying with the proactive disclosure clause, a study revealed on Wednesday. A study titled Impeding Transparency, Accountability and Access to Information: […]

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Right to information act in Punjab soon: minister

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RAWALPINDI: Punjab Information Minister Fayyazul Hassan Chohan on Saturday said that right to information act will soon be promulgated in Punjab to facilitate mediapersons in getting the required information from all relevant quarters. The minister stated this during an informal interactive session with Rawalpindi/Islamabad based journalists of print media at Rawalpindi Arts Council. The journalists […]

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CPNE to be consulted on advertisement policy: Wahab

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KARACHI: Adviser to the Sindh Chief Minister on Information, Barrister Murtaza Wahab, said on Thursday that efforts were being made to improve the information department’s efficiency, and its coordination with the major stake holders of the media industry, including the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors. Barrister Wahab was addressing the ‘Meet the Editors’ session held under […]

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‘Right to Information law to facilitate citizens’

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Rawalpindi – Punjab Minister for Information and Culture Fayyazul Hassan Chohan has said that promulgation of Right to Information Law would enable applicants to get all required information under the law. He said the government is taking all possible steps to bring change in the lives of poor people. He stated this during his visit to Rawalpindi Arts […]

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Journalist missing since July 13

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Zaibdar Marri, president of the Kohlu Press Club and correspondent of the Express News has been reported missing since July 13, 2018. Zaib’s family is concerned for his safety and has been unsuccessful in determining ascertaining his whereabouts. Kohlu is a district in the restive province of Balochistan where a simmering separatist insurgency has resulted instability […]

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Pakistan: Correspondent of Norwegian TV2 channel, arrested while covering political violence

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Kadafi Zaman, correspondent of Norwegian TV2 channel was beaten up and arrested on Friday, July 13, 2018, in Kotla, in the province of Punjab while covering a protest demonstration. He was held for three days before being released on bail on July 16. The journalist was covering a protest rally ostensibly called to welcome Nawaz […]

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Right of access to information is prerogative of everybody: Ali Zafar

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ISLAMABAD: Caretaker Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting, National History and Literary Heritage Barrister Syed Ali Zafar Thursday said that right of access to information was the prerogative of every citizen and the government was bound to provide information in all matters of public importance. Talking to a private news channel, he said he strongly condemned […]

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Details of access to information bill to be notified next week: Marriyum

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Information Minister Marriyum Aurangzeb says details of the Access to Information Bill will be notified next week, reported by Radio Pakistan Speaking at the launching ceremony of new website of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting in Islamabad, she said rules about that bill will be available on the new website. The minister said an […]

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The right to inform

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As has been since 1983, Unesco’s World Press Freedom Day was observed globally on May 3. The theme this year was: ‘Keeping Power in Check: Media, Justice and the Rule of Law’. Press freedom remains a problem in nations around the globe, with 81 journalists killed in 2017 according to the International Federation of Journalists. […]

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PIC conducts awareness session for journalists regarding RTI

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KHANEWAL: Punjab Information Commission (PIC) held an awareness session with journalists in collaboration with the district information office in the forte hotel, situated in Khanewal. The additional deputy commissioner general (ADCG) Manzoor Ahmad Khan Chandiaya and district Bar association president Ajmal Bhutta were guests of honour. Under Article 19A of the Constitution, Right to Information […]

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