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Who is feeling the pinch after YouTube’s return?

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KARACHI: The Pakistani internet community is celebrating the reincarnation of YouTube, but there are those who have taken the ban reversal personally. After all, the ban, imposed on the world’s largest video-sharing website in September 2012, meant there was a vacuum waiting to be filled. These Pakistanis launched local proxies to counter the ban, meaning […]

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A ‘compliant’ alternative to YouTube

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KARACHI: The restriction on youtube.com is into its third year but uncertainty on when and how it would be unblocked and divide on justifications behind the sanction continue to hover around the world’s largest video sharing website. Islamabad banned the social video-sharing platform on September 17, 2012 after its parent company Google had turned down […]

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What you cannot see on Facebook

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IN an effort towards greater transparency, social networking giant Facebook released its latest ‘Government Requests Report’ containing bare-bones data on requests they receive from countries for access to user account data, and requests to restrict access to content. The current January-June 2014 report is the third such dataset Facebook has released, and, staying true to […]

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Censoring the internet

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The rise and rise of the internet over the last 20 years to the point of its ubiquity today is both boon and bane for governments everywhere. In large part, this is because the internet is the complete antithesis of government. It is in many ways unregulated and extremely difficult to control where it has […]

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Despite Pemra orders, Geo not yet fully restored

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ISLAMABAD: Despite the clear orders of the Supreme Court (SC) and the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Geo News is still not accessible to a large number of viewers across the country, putting a big question mark on the writ of the government and rule of law in the country. Reports from across the […]

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority suspends licenses of Geo Entertainment, ARY News

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Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) on June 20, 2014 suspended licenses of two private TV channels, ‘Geo Entertainment’ and ‘ARY News’, just hours before the ending of 15-day suspension period of Geo News. Geo Entertainment has been fined with one-month suspension along with Rs10 million fine, while the license of ARY News is suspended […]

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Pemra reform

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THE media wars which erupted in all their tawdry and shameful glory last April continue to rack up victims. Now, it is the turn of ARY News and Geo Entertainment to suffer 15-day suspensions and the imposition of fines at the hands of Pemra, the so-called electronic media regulator whose role in the media wars […]

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Pemra suspends Geo Entertainment, ARY News licenses

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) announced on Friday that the licenses of private TV channels Geo Entertainment and ARY News are to be suspended, DawnNews reported. Geo Entertainment has been slapped with a one month suspension along with a Rs10 million fine, while the license of ARY News will be suspended for 15 […]

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Twitter access to objectionable content restored

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ISLAMABAD: Twitter has restored access inside Pakistan to dozens of tweets and accounts, after blocking them last month following official complaints about “blasphemous” content, in a move hailed by free speech activists. The microblogging site said it had changed its May 18 decision – to restrict access to the material from within Pakistan in order […]

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Geo TV advised to move HCs for FIRs’ quashing

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court advised a media house on Wednesday to approach high courts to seek the quashing of several FIRs registered against it for allegedly airing sacrilegious content during a morning show. The advice came when senior counsel Mohammad Akram Sheikh, representing Geo TV network, drew the attention of a three-judge bench to the […]

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IBA president moves IHC against channel

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ISLAMABAD: Incumbent President Islamabad Bar Association (IBA) Naseer Ahmed Kiyani has filed a petition alongside Rao Abdur Raheem in the Islamabad High Court (IHC) for not registering FIR against ARY television channel which aired allegedly blasphemous content in its morning show on May 16. The petitioner has also assailed the orders of an additional session […]

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Plea filed against channels

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HAFIZABAD: A petition has been filed with the Sessions Court seeking case against ARY News and other news channels for showing blasphemous content against Ahle Bait on TV networks. Advocate Asif Ali Chaddar filed the writ petition and the Additional Sessions judge sought report from SHO Kassoke on June 14 on the plea. PML-N- leader […]

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Ban of major private TV network is ‘attack on press freedom’

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The Pakistani government’s suspension of Geo TV, the country’s largest private broadcaster, is a politically motivated attack on freedom of expression and the media, Amnesty International said. “The suspension of Geo TV is a serious attack on press freedom in Pakistan. It is the latest act in an organized campaign of harassment and intimidation targeting […]

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Petitioner wants other TV channels to apologise like Geo

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KHUSHAB: Malik Khuda Bakhsh – district vice president of PML-N – on Thursday said he was ready to accept death in the love for Ahle Bait and holding the party office had value to him.He said he filed a petition in the session court against ARY, Express, Abtakk, Dunya and Samaa in personal capacity and […]

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