Courts won’t allow govt to ban media: IHC
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday directed the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to submit the rules proposed to regulate social media and warned that constitutional courts never allowed the government to ban media as is happening in a neighbouring country.
IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah while hearing the case on media ethics and regulations said that constructive criticism was a prerequisite for nation building.
“Why should one [be] afraid of criticism?” asked the chief justice.
Well-known journalist Hamid Mir informed the court that the government has issued a notification to regulate social media; however, federal ministers are unaware of these regulations and they have openly admitted that it was issued without due deliberation of the federal cabinet.