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IHC bars FIA from taking action against journalist till 12th

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Thursday, barred the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) from taking any adverse action against Arshad Sulehri, a journalist, till October 12th. A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition of Sulehri, who moved the court through his counsel Muhammad Sajid Khan Tanoli. The bench also issued […]


FIA officer suspended from service ‘over social media post’

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LAHORE: An officer of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) cybercrime wing, who registered an FIR against singer Meesha Shafi and eight others for their alleged involvement in a smear campaign against singer-actor Ali Zafar was suspended from the service on Thursday. “Service of Muhammad Asif Iqbal, assistant director/senior investigator (BPS-17) cybercrime reporting centre Lahore is […]


Higher authorities summoned on plea against derogatory stuff on social media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Tuesday summoned the federal secretaries for interior and communication, the chairman of Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the director general of Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) Islamabad in a case regarding derogatory material on social media against sacred personalities of Islam. A citizen, Liaqat Ali Chohan, through his counsel questioned […]


The Need for Social reforms

The only way to handle the abuse in society A furious debate concerning women’s security in Pakistan has been evoked right after the recent motorway gangrape. Public began to protest all over Pakistan, and social media became the hub of discussions and anger-filled arguments. Society questioned the state of law and the role of law […]


Banning Tiktok

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Wrong solution for a serious problem Federal Information Minister Shibli Faraz disclosed that Prime Minister Imran Khan is considering banning TikTok, the popular video streaming social media platform, because it is spreading obscenity contrary to Pakistani cultural values. If Senator Faraz is to be credited, Mr Khan is increasingly worried by the increasing incidents of […]


Freedom online?

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When the current government first proposed a unified regulatory body to oversee print, electronic and social media soon after taking power, it was widely criticised for doing so without consulting stakeholders and trying to control independent voices. Thankfully, the government had at the time backed off. But things have not been completely pleasant on the […]


Imran wants to put an end to obscenity, TikTok banned

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan is extremely concerned about the ‘growing obscenity and vulgarity’ in society and has directed all relevant sections to check the trend before it destroys the socio-religious values of Pakistani society, Information Minister Shibli Faraz said. Talking to The News, the minister said that the prime minister had discussed this issue […]


TikTok asked to block immoral content viewed in Pakistan

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ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has asked TikTok platform to immediately block vulgar, indecent, immoral, nude content for viewership in Pakistan. PTA has done so keeping in view the negative effects of indecent, immoral, or nude content available on the platform, said a news release issued on Thursday. The authority had approached TikTok to […]


TikTok sets up council to allay concerns over content control

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ISLAMABAD: Amid concerns in Pakistan and some other Asian countries over lack of content regulations at its platform, TikTok has established a regional Safety Advisory Council to advise its management on content moderation policies and safety issues specific to Asia Pacific. One of the leading short video platforms, TikTok has introduced its Asia Pacific (APAC) […]


Profundity of social media

“Was The Khan’s decision to allow Opposition speeches to be aired on television because Sharif would expose himself as a liar a good one or not.” “If he hadn’t allowed it social media would have aired it.” “And how many Pakistanis have access to the social media? Our rural areas where the bulk of our […]


76m people in Pakistan have access to Internet, Senate body told

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting was Thursday informed that 76 million people in Pakistan have access to Internet while 40 million people use social media. The chairman of the committee said that digital media is of utmost importance to build a positive image of Pakistan. Deep concern was expressed in the […]


TikTok blocks 93,000 Pakistani accounts on request of PTA

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As per the statement issued by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA), talks are underway with the management of various platforms to block illegal and vulgar content on social media in Pakistan. The spokesperson revealed that 34 organizations have been given access to the online portal, while PTA is in touch with social media platforms. The […]


As ruling party fans spew online abuse, Pakistan’s female journalists call for government action

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On August 16, Ramsha Jahangir should have been celebrating a journalistic triumph, the release of a long, deeply reported cover story for the weekend magazine of Pakistan’s Dawn newspaper on the government’s social media strategy and image-building. Instead, she spent the day watching in horror as a torrent of abuse filled her social media feeds. Eventually, she went offline. […]


SHC directs PTA to block blasphemous material

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Friday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all the websites in Pakistan carrying offended, obscene and blasphemous material and submit the report. The SHC’s direction has just come after a petition of Syed Iqbal against publication of blasphemous material on the websites was heard. The petitioner […]