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How to say yes to online censorship

By Jahanzaib Haque The writer is Web Editor of The Express Tribune and tweets @Jhaque_jahanzaib.haque@tribune.com.pk There are two opposing narratives being discussed about the government’s call for a national level internet blocking and filtering system, and both must be understood to find a path forward. On the one hand, NGOs, internet monitoring groups, parts of […]


Internet access: a human right

Huma Yusuf IN November, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) attempted to filter 1,500 words out of SMS messages. The initiative was ridiculed into oblivion, and one thought the government would take a hiatus from clumsy censorship. But no. The National ICT Research and Development Fund, under the aegis of the Ministry of Information Technology, recently […]


Workshop on social media awareness held

KARACHI – Newly-elected Senator Barrister Farogh Naseem has said that education and training polish the talents of human beings, so this is must to train government servants to get better performance from them. He was addressing to participants of a workshop on Social Media Awareness held by City Institute of Image Management KMC. He said […]


Wanted: Censor for Pakistan’s Internet

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is advertising for companies to install an Internet filtering system that could block up to 50 million Web addresses, alarming free speech activists who fear current censorship could become much more widespread. Internet access for Pakistan’s some 20 million Web users is less restricted than in many countries in Asia and the Arab […]


Catalyst in polls: social media or political gimmick

Khawar Ghumman ISLAMABAD: In Pakistan, we have yet to witness a revolution a la Arab Spring, however, that has not stopped social media users from rattling about the impact the medium has and would have on politics. With the general elections round the corner, some analysts have gone to the extent of predicting that social […]


The great (fire) wall of Pakistan

By Jahanzaib Haque The writer is Web Editor of The Express Tribune and tweets @Jhaque_jahanzaib.haque@tribune.com.pk First they came for the Baloch websites, silently, without any justification. Then they banned YouTube and Facebook for weeks in the name of blasphemy. Then came the crackdown on online porn, with over 13,000 sites blocked. Then came the end […]


Cost of social media

THE internet and social networking websites like Twitter and Facebook have gained massive public popularity, especially among the youth. Political issues raised on the social media have taken place rapidly. A local case in point is the emergence of Imran Khan and PTI. Imran Khan’s massive public response and his emerging as a “third option” […]


Journalists condemn Zaid Hamid’s allegations against SAFMA

LAHORE: Leading media professionals, executive bodies of the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), South Asia Media Commission (SAMC), South Asian Women in Media (SAWM), editors and press club representatives across the country condemned the accusations that Zaid Hamid was levelling through social networking sites against the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA), a mainstream […]


Twitter wars: Punjab sets up team to handle social media

By Anwer Sumra Committee to improve govt’s image, raise awareness of initiatives. PHOTO: REUTERS/FILE LAHORE: The Punjab government has set up a five-member committee to spruce up its image and launch a modern social media campaign, The Express Tribune has learnt. According to a letter issued by Syeda Kulsume Hai, deputy secretary to the chief […]


Social media in Pakistan

Sir: Social media is a social instrument of communication in today’s world. Our social networks have a deeper effect on our lives than almost anything else. It makes sense. Nowadays all across the world, major political decisions are taking place due to social media influence. The Egyptian revolution, fall of the Gaddafi regime and uprisings […]


Objectivity

I AM a Pakistani and have been residing in Beijing for the last few months. One thing that I miss here most is the entertainment provided by news channels and spicy talk shows back home. But some time we get a chance to view these shows on the Internet, getting in touch with the recent […]

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Media for a better future

A LOT is happening in the country beside the political and judicial drama. While the media has played a positive role in creating awareness of the common man, it must continue to play a role ofan anchor. Many talk shows are too focused on politics and exposing politicians that the educated class is gradually losing […]

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Memogate and media

The SC has constituted a judicial commission on memo-gate issue but it is our misfortune that some lawyers and media persons, prior to the verdict of the commission, have started blaming Army and ISI over the memo-gate issue directly or indirectly. In this regard, their irresponsible approach is not only misguiding the general masses, but […]

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Facebook mania

Sir: Facebook has quickly become a household necessity not only in Pakistan but the entire world. Not only is it popular among the youth, the community belonging to other age groups has grown a substantial fondness for the network. For some reason this fact upsets me, rather alarms me to some extent. It makes me […]

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