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Home dept opposes transfer of convicts in Wali Babar case

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KARACHI: Sindh home department on Tuesday opposed the transfer of convicts, accused in the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar, from Larkana to Karachi Central Jail. A two-member bench, comprising Justice Aftab Gorar and Justice Amjad Ali Sahito, heard the plea about the transfer of Syed Muhammad Ali Rizvi, Faisal Mehmood, Tahir Naveed and Muhammad Shahrukh […]


PPF condemns attack on journalist in Sri Lanka

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Maithripala Sirisena, President of Sri Lanka has expressed concern over the attack on journalist Nadarajah Kugarajah. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter has condemned this brutal attack on a journalist for doing his job and urged the concerned authorities to thoroughly investigate the matter […]


FIA, PTA told to block social media campaign against VVIP’s team

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ISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has identified five organisations involved in running a social media campaign against the visit of a VVIP’s delegation to Pakistan. A communication has been sent by the ministry to all provincial chief secretaries, inspectors general of police, chairman of the Pakistan Tele­communi­cation Authority (PTA) and director general of the Federal Investigation […]


Freedom: the great debate

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When the fundamental rights to ‘liberty’ and ‘dignity’ guaranteed by Articles 9 and 14 of the constitution have limited real-life utility, the heavily conditioned Article 19 promising free speech is dead in the water. Why? Because we are a society where deference to authority is ingrained at every stage of one’s socialisation, where ‘freedom’ is […]


PPF condemns cyber-libel charges against Rappler journalist

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Rodrigo Duterte, President of Philippines has expressed concern over the cyber-libel charges against Maria Ressa, CEO and Executive Editor of Rappler and chairperson of the Indonesian Women’s Journalists Forum (FJPI). PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the intimidation of journalists in Philippines and arrest of […]


SC rejects man’s bail for violating cyber law

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ISLAMABAD – The Supreme Court on Thursday dismissed bail of a Christian man involved in violating the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) 2016 by sharing objectionable photos of a woman on social media and blackmailing her. A two-judge bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam and comprising Justice Qazi Faez Isa heard the appeal of […]


PPF condemns summoning human rights activists in Kuwait

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Sheikh Jaber Al-Mubarak Al-Hamad Al-Sabah, Prime Minister of Kuwait has expressed concern over the decision of Electronic and Cyber Crime Combatting Department (ECCCD) to summon two human rights activists Abdul Hakim Al-Fadhli and Hamed Jameel for their social media activities. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in […]


Govt to crack down on social media misuse

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ISLAMABAD – Federal Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has announced to launch a major crackdown against elements using social media to propagate extremist narrative. Addressing the closing session of a training workshop for parliamentarians at the PIPS here on Wednesday, the minister said a mechanism to this effect has been prepared in consultations with the security agencies. […]


Security with freedoms

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THE government’s decision to interfere in citizens’ freedom of expression, lawful association and peaceful assembly is not based on sound advice, and it must be rescinded before vital state interests are harmed. Although the arrest of an activist for supporting a peaceful call for justice or any debatable transgression of the cyber law constitutes a […]


4 men arrested in Multan over hate speech, defamation of government

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Four people were arrested in Multan on Thursday for their involvement in delivering hate speech of a sectarian nature and defaming members of the government, police said. The action was taken over a speech delivered by one of the apprehended suspects at a mosque in Multan’s Ali Town on December 28, 2018. In the said […]


PPF condemns shutdown of Voice TV in Thailand

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Prayut Chan-o-cha, Prime Minister of Thailand has expressed concern over the order of National Broadcasting and Telecommunications Commission (NBTC) over suspending broadcast of Voice TV. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has condemned the step of NBTC and termed it an attack on media […]


PPF denounces murder of Mexican commentator

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in a letter to Andrés Manuel López Obrador, President of Mexico has expressed deep concern over the murder of Mexican commentator Jesús Eugenio Ramos Rodríguez. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in his letter, has denounced the increasing rate of violence against journalists in Mexico and called on the Mexican government […]


TV journalist held for ‘defaming’ state institutions granted bail

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A duty magistrate in Lahore on Sunday granted bail to Din News TV host Rizwanur Rehman Razi ‘Dada’, who was arrested a day earlier for allegedly uploading “defamatory and obnoxious” posts against the judiciary, government institutions and intelligence agencies on his Twitter account. The magistrate ordered his release on bail against a surety bond of Rs100,000. The Federal Investigation […]


PPF condemns attack on Kalush FM radio station

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF), in a letter to Petro Poroshenko, President of Ukraine has expressed concern over the attack on the editorial office of Kalush FM, radio station on February 8. PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali has condemned the attack on radio station and called on the authorities to punish those responsible behind this […]