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The Islamabad High Court strikes down PECA ordinance, terms it ‘unconstitutional’

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The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday struck down the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance, 2022, terming it “unconstitutional”. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued a four-page order while hearing identical petitions filed against the controversial Peca ordinance and its section 20, which criminalizes defamation. The court had earlier reserved its verdict. In […]


Pakistan Federal Union Journalists condemns death threats to Saleem Safi

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ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Federal Union Journalists (PFUJ) has strongly condemned reported and alleged life threats to television anchor Saleem Safi. PFUJ President Shazada Zulfiqar and Secretary-General Nasir Zaidi, in a statement, urged the federal authorities to ensure the safety and security of the journalists and media workers. They said it is unfortunate that in a politically charged […]


PEMRA issues show-cause notice to Dunya News chief

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ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) has issued a show-cause notice to the head of Dunya News over airing indecent and abusive remarks by the Prime Minister’s Special Assistant Shahbaz Gill against parliamentarian Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani during the program ‘On Front with Kamran Shahid’ without any editorial control or utilizing time-delay mechanism. According to […]


Government agrees to withdraw PECA ordinance

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain said on Wednesday that he agreed to the opposition’s demand of withdrawing the PECA ordinance following the deliberations and finalisation of draft by joint action committee members. The PTI minister said this while speaking in a private news channel when the news anchor asked him […]


Journalists’ bodies move Islamabad High Court against PECA ordinance

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ISLAMABAD: After the former Lahore High Court bar president, different journalist associations of Pakistan have also challenged the recently promulgated Pakistan Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Act ordinance 2022 (PECA) in the Islamabad High Court. The challenged law has triggered protests from media bodies and civil society who have termed it a “draconian law”. The journalist associations, […]


Pemra bans ads of illegal housing schemes in Lahore

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LAHORE: On the concern shown by the Lahore Development Authority (LDA), the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has banned the advertisement of unapproved, under process and illegal housing schemes located in Lahore district. In a notification issued on February 25, Pemra asked all broadcast and print media and distribution service operators not to entertain […]


Information Technology ministry urges PM to withdraw or review PECA ordinance

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Islamabad: The Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, while expressing serious concern over lack of deliberation on latest amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA) urged Prime Minister Imran Khan to withdraw/review the ordinance. Federal Minister for Information Technology and Telecommunication Aminul Haq wrote a letter to the prime minister in this regard. […]


Mohsin Baig sent to judicial custody for 14 days

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ISLAMABAD: The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Wednesday turned down police request to extend physical remand of journalist Mohsin Baig and sent him to jail on judicial remand in a case registered against him for allegedly attacking Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) officers and injuring one of them during a raid. Police produced the accused Baig before […]


PPF condemns FIA raid on Mohsin Baig’s residence

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has expressed concern at the unauthorized raid conducted by officials of the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) at the house of editor and analyst Mohsin Baig. While the FIA is within its jurisdiction to investigate complaints, a raid conducted prior to the registration of the criminal complaint, is condemnable and an act […]


PPF rejects amendments to PECA, 2016; terms them a move that will stifle free speech in Pakistan

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has rejected the recent amendments to the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 by the federal government that are a move to stifle free speech in Pakistan. These amendments to the law are likely to have a chilling effect on free expression in Pakistan and result in censorship across the media. In […]


Islamabad High Court (IHC) lambasts Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) for citing wrong sections of cyber law

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Monday observed that “criminalisation of defamation and its abuse, prima facie, appears to be in violation of the Constitution” and the “threat to free speech… cannot be tolerated in a democratic society governed under the Constitution”. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah made these observations while hearing the petitions […]


Media bodies reject ‘draconian’ Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act ordinance

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KARACHI: Pakistan’s top media bodies, APNS, CPNE, PFUJ, PBA and AEMEND, have rejected the “draconian” amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), 2016, saying it is a blatant move to stifle media independence, freedom of speech and dissenting voices. In a joint statement, they said that they will take all legal actions to […]


Security agency officer, personnel suspended for torturing anchorperson Iqrar-ul-Hassan

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KARACHI: Five personnel, including an officer of a security agency, have been suspended for torturing television host and journalist Iqrar-ul-Hassan in the Saddar area of the metropolis yesterday, Geo News reported on Tuesday. During the recording of his show “Sar-e-Aam,” the officials had tortured and beat him, inflicting serious injuries. He was rushed to the […]


Sar-e-aam host iqrarul hassan, team beaten up by ib officials

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KARACHI: The officials of the Intelligence Bureau (IB) beat up the host of ARY News’ popular show Sar-e-Aam, Iqrarul Hassan and his team for exposing the corruption of an IB Inspector along with video evidence. According to the details, Iqrarul Hassan and his team members were beaten up by IB officials after they found an […]