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‘NA committee must reconsider cybercrime bill’

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ISLAMABAD: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) of stakeholders has asked that the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) 2015 be reconsidered by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology. The new cybercrime bill was approved by the chair of the committee last week, in the absence of most opposition members who had objected to […]

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No ban on banned outfits on social media

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ISLAMABAD – Despite government resolve to end terrorism from the country, banned Jehadi organisations are not only active on social media but using the web to project their agenda. Among the active websites and blogs, some are mouthpiece of global organisations while some promote local outfits (mostly banned). Umar Media is one of the sites, […]

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PTA may be empowered to undertake Internet content management

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ISLAMNABAD: As part of the National Action Plan (NAP) to root out terrorism Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is considering an official summary to grant powers to PTA to block blasphemous and hate material on the social media and Internet, The News has learnt. Ministry of information technology (MoIT) has forwarded a summary to PM for […]

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Pakistan: Draft Cybercrime Law Undermines Freedom of Expression

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In early 2014, Pakistan’s Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication introduced a draft cybercrime ordinance, the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act. At the time, human rights advocates, including the Centre for Law and Democracy, criticised the draft as a threat to Pakistan’s burgeoning online community and cautioned that its broad language threatened to turn millions […]

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PTA stopped from withdrawing international incoming calls policy

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Karachi: The Sindh High Court on Thursday restrained Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) and the federal ministry of information technology from implementing its notification pertaining to the withdrawal of policy directives for international clearing house exchange. The interim order came on a petition filed by the Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited challenging the withdrawal of policy directives […]

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YouTube refuses to remove blasphemous contents

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Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Sheikh Aftab Ahmed Thursday informed the House that Google did not accept the Ministry of Information Technology’s request to remove the blasphemous contents from the You-Tube. In a written reply in the National Assembly, Sheikh Aftab said that Ministry of Information Technology had imposed ban on You-Tube in September […]

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Nawaz to decide issue of YouTube after Eid

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will take a final decision on re-opening of YouTube in Pakistan after Eid Ul Fitr in accordance with the recommendations prepared by an inter-ministerial committee. According to an announcement made by Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) on Wednesday, the Minister of State for IT&T, Anusha Rahman, has directed to convene […]

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YouTube ban

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Sir: On September 17, 2012, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ordered access to YouTube blocked after the website did not remove the trailer of Sam Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims, a film insulting Islam. Pakistan banned YouTube because it was considered blasphemous for defaming Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Since this ban months ago, the government has […]

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Two members of IT ministry restored

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By: Abrar Mustafa ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Mian Muhammad Nawaz Sharif has restored two members of Ministry of Information Technology and Telecom (MOITT). Kamran Ali, member legal, and M. Amir Malik, member IT, were suspended during interim government period due to their refusal to obey orders from high-ups for appointing two proposed members for the board […]

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Hearing in case against YouTube ban adjourned by LHC

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Thursday, on request of the Ministry of Information Technology, adjourned till June 06 the hearing of a petition challenging the ban on YouTube, a video sharing website. The court was informed by the law officer of the ministry that the administration of the Google, of which YouTube is […]

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