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IHC seeks inter-ministerial committee report on social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Friday sought the report of inter-ministerial committee constituted to examine the social media rules. IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah, while hearing identical petitions filed against the implementation of “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020” appreciated the Prime Minister’s initiative to constitute […]


Swat Press Club de-sealed on PHC orders

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MINGORA: The Swat Press Club was de-sealed on the orders of Peshawar High Court (PHC) Mingora Bench here on Thursday. A division bench of the PHC Mingora bench comprising Justice Ishtiaq Ibrahim and Justice Waqar Ahmad ordered the district administration to de-seal the club. Aurangzeb Khan Advocate represented the Swat Press Club management while Assistant […]


On social media rules

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The fate of the government’s social media regulations hangs in the balance. The second version of the rules – titled Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules, 2020 – were released in November 2020 and almost immediately ran into opposition from civil society and social media companies, the latter under […]


PTA lifts ban on TikTok after PHC order

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ISLAMABAD / PESHAWAR: In compliance with an order issued by the Peshawar High Court (PHC) on Thursday, the Pakistan Telecommu­nica­tion Authority (PTA) asked service providers to unblock access to social media platform TikTok that allows users to share short video clips. In line with the PHC judgement and provisions of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes […]


Problems of journalists to be solved on priority basis: Punjab CM

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Lahore – A delegation of Lahore Press Club (LPC), led by its president Arshad Ansari, called on Chief Minister Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar at his office to discuss the resolution of problems of journalist colony at Harbanspura. The CM assured to early resolve the issues adding that the problems of the journalist community will be […]


Freedom of Expression Report 2020 launched

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan performed poorly with respect to legal and practical protections for the right to freedom of expression of its citizens during 2020, according to a new assessment report published by the Media Matters for Democracy. The Pakistan Freedom of Expression Report 2020 was launched through a webinar on Wednesday. Speaking at the report launch, […]


Pemra’s advice

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It is a crude attempt at curtailing freedom of expression. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued a statement the other day telling news channels to refrain from airing “unsubstantiated, judgmental and unipolar [one wonders if the writer deliberately used this term connoting persistent depressive disorder] remarks” about the National Accountability Bureau (NAB), “with […]


Social Media Rules

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The government certainly passed its social media rules, titled the “Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards) Rules 2020”, too quickly and without proper due diligence. The rules came as a surprise, even to major stakeholders like social media companies and digital rights foundations who complained they had not even been […]


For revival of media industry: PFUJ submits 19-point charter of demands to govt

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ISLAMABAD: PFUJ submitted 19-point charter of demands to federal government and urged to take urgent measures for revival of media industry and ensure freedom of press. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist has submitted its 19-point charter of demands to the federal government ahead of its already announced long march this month from Quetta to Islamabad. […]


Illegal FM stations shut in Bajaur

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BAJAUR: The local authorities on Wednesday closed down four private FM radio stations in Bajaur tribal district for functioning illegally. According to a notification issued by deputy commissioner Mohammad Fayyaz Khan, the district administration took the action after observing that the FM radio stations were not only functioning illegally but also broadcasting biased content. It […]


SC on Daniel Pearl case

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The Supreme Court has issued its detailed judgement on the January 2002 brutal murder case of Daniel Pearl, South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal. It may be recalled that in its short order earlier this year, the court had acquitted by a majority two-to-one verdict the principal accused, Umar Sheikh, and three […]


US report highlights serious rights violations in India and Pakistan

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WASHINGTON: The US State Department’s annual report on human rights on Tuesday identified unlawful, arbitrary and extrajudicial killings and disappearances as major issues in both India and Pakistan. The report — which covers incidents reported in 2020 — highlighted 32 extrajudicial killings in the first half of 2020 in the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The […]


‘Female journalists can report problems of women effectively’

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MARDAN: A seminar was organised by a non-governmental organisation, DCHD at the central office of the Awami National Party (ANP) in Mardan where male and female reporters were also invited. The DCHD Coordinator Nusrat Ara said violence against women and harassment is not only a problem with Pakistan, but rest of the world also. She […]


Body formed to review social media rules

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan has constituted an inter-ministerial committee to review the controversial social media rules. As per a directive issued by the Prime Minister Office on March 29, Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari will be chairperson of the committee comprising Parliamentary Secretary on Law and Justice Maleeka Ali Bukhari, Senator Syed […]