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GFMD DELIVER AN ORAL STATEMENT AT THE UN HIGH-LEVEL SEGMENT

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On July 19th at the 2019 UN High-Level Segment held at the United Nations HQ, GFMD, represented by Owais Aslam, Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and member of the GFMD Steering Committee, delivered an oral statement. In this statement, our network called for the strengthening of pluralistic and independent media and journalism on the road […]

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Implementation of RTI laws not ideal in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD: Although the citizens and journalists are exercising the Right to Information Laws in federal and provincial governments proactively but the government’s response to these information requests is very unwelcoming. Out of 2,635 information requests filed during last five years, the government responded only to 788 (almost 29 percent), data reveals. The federal as well […]

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CIC pledges implementation of RTI Act in government Institutions

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Chief Information Commissioner Mehboob Qadir Shah has pledged to ensure complete implementation of the Right to Information Act and advised to appoint Chief Public Information Officers in all state-run institutions. Mehboob Qadir expressed these views while addressing a meeting of chief public information officers of various departments at Civil Secretariat here on Thursday. Information commissioner […]

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As RTI commission is dysfunctional, complainants move court

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ISLAMABAD: In February this year, Aftab Alam, dispatched Right to Information requests to Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and three of its subordinate departments: state-run television, state-run radio and the Audit Bureau of Circulation. Right of Access to Information (RAI) Act, 2017, requires them to respond within ten working days. It hasn’t been done even […]

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Experts call for extensive review of textbooks

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KARACHI: “The Shariat Act says that you are not to enforce Islamic teaching on non-Muslims, but here you have syllabi which teach Islam to non-Muslims. Our courses really require an extensive review,” said retired Justice Majida Rizvi at the education conference on ‘Right to education without discrimination’ organised by the Centre for Social Justice (CSJ) […]

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Ex-servicemen body supports Pemra’s restrictions

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Ex-Servicemen Society (PESS) has supported the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority’s (Pemra) decision to impose restrictions on TV channels over inviting retired military officers to their talk shows and other programmes as defence analysts. A statement issued by the PESS on Sunday said that the society distanced itself from a decision taken […]

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People urged to use right to information for govt’s accountability

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KARACHI: Teachers and workers from the education and health departments as well as librarians and councillors gathered to attend a workshop titled ‘Improving public service delivery through Right to Information (RTI)’ organised by Shehri-Citizens for a Better Environment in collaboration with Friedrich Naumann Foundation Pakistan at a hotel here on Wednesday. At an earlier RTI […]

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KP makes RTI as first pillar of good governance strategy

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has pronounced people’s right to access information, data and record of the public functionaries as first pillar of its good governance strategy it launched here on Thursday. The provincial government affirmed that right to information (RTI) remains the most effective tool to ensure transparency that leads to accountability, which serves […]

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Officials trained in e-RTI web portal use

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PESHAWAR: The Chief Commissioner, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Commission (RTIC), Azmat Hanif Orakzai, addressed the Public Information Officers (PIOs) of Peshawar district on Tuesday. He said the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa RTI law was a flagship initiative of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government aimed at promoting transparency and accountability in the functioning of public bodies. Ever since […]

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Right of freedom of speech not absolute: SC

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ISLAMABAD-  The Supreme Court has observed that the right of freedom of speech and expression guaranteed under Article 19 of the Constitution is not absolute. The top court has further observed that the said right cannot be stretched to cover a speech, comment or publication which may tend to influence, impede, embarrass or obstruct the […]

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SC endorses Pemra’s 2016 restriction on Indian content

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Tuesday endorsed Pemra’s (Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority) 2016 decision of restricting electronic media in Pakistan from broadcasting Indian content. A three-judge SC bench consisting of Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab and Justice Ijaz-ul-Ahsan granted leave to an appeal moved by Pemra and suspended the July 18, 2017 order of the […]

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Access to information body unable to appoint staff, carry out functions

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ISLAMABAD: The Commission on Access to Information (CAI) remains non-functional four months after it was notified in the absence of funding from the government. In addition, the chief information commissioner and two federal information commissioners have not been paid and are limited to working out of one room in the Information Service Academy (ISA). According […]

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Pakistan should be proud to have very good RTI law in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and the Punjab

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Pakistan should be proud to have very good RTI laws in KP and Punjab provinces and there is need to raise awareness among people on how to use it effectively.  This stated Marcel Haessler, Team Leader, Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) at the multi stakeholders consultation target 16.10.2 of Sustainable Development Goals (SGDs) dealing […]

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Sindh Information Commission starts working next month

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The Sindh Information Commission will finally start functioning under the Sindh Transparency and Right to Information Act 2016 next month. The body has set up its office in the State Life Insurance Building opposite the Chief Minister House on Dr Ziauddin Ahmed Road in Karachi. Last week the Accountant General Sindh had transferred the first […]

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