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Role of Pemra

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PEMRA’s intervention on behalf of the government to warn news channels from airing content or debating the recent Saudi-Iran tensions in a manner that could allegedly harm diplomatic relations with those countries is perhaps unsurprising — but is still thoroughly unwarranted. There are two issues here, only one of which was raised in the National […]

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Media commission case: ‘Judiciary, army cannot be criticised despite freedom of expression’

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court observed on Thursday that million of rupees are beings spent on the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) but their details are not being furnished in the court. A 2-member bench of the apex court presided over by Justice Jawwad S Khawaja took up the media commission case for hearing. During […]

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Right to information

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There are two factors that directly change the perception of an individual in a given society: the environment and their relativity to it in terms of dignity, quality of life and sense of responsibility. Unless it is realised, a healthy democracy cannot take shape. There is, however, a constant tussle between the wants of humans […]

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GB court verdict threat to press freedom

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KARACHI: The president of the Council of Pakistan News­paper Editors (CPNE), Mujibur Rehman Shami, and the president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Hameed Haroon, have, in a joint statement, expressed dismay at what they called unlawful conviction of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, the Editor-in-Chief of the Jang-Geo media group and associated media persons, […]

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Right to Information Bill 2014 will be presented to cabinet soon, says minister

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Pervez Rashid on Monday assured a Senate standing committee that the ‘Right to Information Bill 2014’ would be presented before the cabinet in its next meeting for approval. During the meeting of the Senate standing committee on information and broadcasting presided over by Senator Kamil Ali Agha, the members […]

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UN Secretary General must recognise the ‘Right to Know’ in his Post-2015 report

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His Excellency Ban Ki-moon Secretary General of the United Nations United Nations Headquarters New York, NY 10017 CC: Amina J. Mohammed, Assistant Secretary General Dear Mr. Secretary General, We write to you as a coalition of civil society organisations committed to sustainable development, to urge you to highlight the importance of the right to information, […]

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Palejo condemns attack on Geo offices

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KARACHI: Condemning attack on Geo offices, chief of the Awami Tehreek Ayaz Palejo has demanded of the authorities to arrest the culprits. He said that harassment of journalists and attack on media houses was a brazen violation of articles 9 and 19 of the Constitution. He termed attack on Geo, an attack on freedom of […]

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Pakistan: Internet filtering must go

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ARTICLE 19 is deeply concerned by reports that the Pakistan Ministry of Information Technology’s recently issued a statement announcing that they had ‘resolved’ the issue of the YouTube ban by installing Internet filters. Far from offering a viable solution, internet filtering poses significant threats to freedom of expression online. ARTICLE 19 reminds the Pakistani government […]

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