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Standard Chartered launches social media competition

Standard Chartered Bank launched a regional social media competition where fans stand a chance to win a limited edition signed Liverpool Football Club (LFC) shirt. The LFC shirt will have the ‘Seeing is believing’ logo instead of the Standard Chartered logo to raise awareness about the Bank’s global initiative to raise US $100 million by […]

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The News, Jang websites resume operation

By: Tariq Ahmed Saeedi KARACHI: KARACHI: After a 6-hour downtime caused by hacking of PKNIC servers, the websites of The News and Jang became available to visitors on Monday afternoon. The websites were among those with .pk domains attacked by the group of hackers Pakbugs, which has a track record of launching cyber attacks in […]

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The truth behind the YouTube ban

By: MUHAMMAD ADEEL Everybody knows that YouTube has been banned in Pakistan due to some blasphemous content. The people still do not know if the popular video sharing site has been banned because of blasphemous content alone or whether that was just a pretext to get the site closed down. Now I wish to share […]

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Ban everything

BY: JALIL AHMED Why is everything being banned in Pakistan? It seems this country and its people are extremely sensitive and, many a time, for no reason. First we have a ban on YouTube, then we have a complete ban on adult content on the internet, then many movies from across the border are banned […]

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YouTube blockade

WHAT began as an outrageous situation and was expected to be resolved promptly is starting to feel uncomfortably as though it might become a permanent bar on citizens’ rights to access the internet — and that too because of governmental apathy. In September, cowed by the havoc wreaked in Islamabad by rioters protesting against the […]

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Government doing nothing to resolve YouTube issue

By: Jamal Shahid PM Raja Pervez Ashraf has order shutdown of Youtube services in Pakistan. ISLAMABAD: Since blocking the YouTube five months ago in the wake of protests across the country over a blasphemous movie, the government has done practically nothing to either get the objectionable content removed from the website or open access to […]

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PTI’s Insaf TV creates online presence

By: Gibran Ashraf KARACHI: Lacking resources to compete in the escalating “media war” in an election year, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has turned to the Internet and launched a web television channel called Insaf TV, to combat the blackout they face on prime time airwaves. “The PTI is often blacked out in the mainstream media,” […]

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Social media to bring socioeconomic uplift

LAHORE: Social media can play a vital role in socioeconomic uplift and image building of the country as voices heard in the virtual space come from different nooks and corners of Pakistan. This was the crux of the first-ever international Urdu Bloggers Conference 2013, which was organised by the Asian Canadian Journalists Association (ACJA), held […]

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Imran’s Tigers launches Facebook application to collect donations

LAHORE: Imran’s Tigers have reunited and launched a Facebook application by the name of Imran’s Tigers Mission to create Imran’s Tiger Scholarship Fund for the deserving students of Namal College (Mianwali). The Facebook application has been launched after a rigorous six-month long social media campaign, which informs today’s youth with the work done by the […]

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Twitter feud turned defamation suit

By: Gibran Ashraf KARACHI: A Twitter feud has turned into what could be a first for the legal and online community in Pakistan, after the head of the Pakistan Ulema Council (PUC), Tahir Ashrafi, announced that he would be initiating legal proceedings against a blog for “inciting sectarian violence”, The Express Tribune has learned. Ashrafi […]

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‘A newspaper without strong online presence will die out’

By: Sidrah Roghay Earl J Wilkinson says youngsters today expect ‘news to walk to them’; unless a news story is trending on social media they refuse to read it Back when Earl J Wilkinson was a journalist, he did not care about money. But the recession that hit the United States of America in 2008 […]

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Media without social media?

By: Madeeha Ishtiaque Audience, once a passive recipient of information and merely cornered to the opinion section of a political talk show or ‘letter-to-the-editor’ is now empowered to not merely regulate but also originate the content it wishes to watch and read – thanks to the big social media revolution. What social media has done […]

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YouTube ban has small impact on research

By: Aroosa Shaukat LAHORE: With the YouTube ban in place for almost four months now, Pakistan’s academia questions the efficacy of the step, which has not only hidden the blasphemous content on the world’s largest video sharing website, but also veiled all the other and possibly useful content available. The ban was imposed on September […]

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Filtration system being put in place to reopen YouTube

By: Zulqernain Tahir LAHORE: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf said on Tuesday the government would reopen YouTube after completion of work on a filtration mechanism. The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority directed internet service providers and mobile phone firms to unblock YouTube on Dec 29 but within an hour the prime minister re-imposed the ban because the […]

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