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Nothing new on new Nacta website

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ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry on Monday announced the launch of a ‘modern’ website for the long-dysfunctional National Counter-Terrorism Authority (Nacta), but a visit to the website shows that it contains almost none of the vital information that it should contain regarding counterterrorism activities. The official announcement said the website had been made fully functional on […]

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TV channels asked to be cautious on Saudi-Iran row

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has directed news channels to be careful while discussing developments in the Middle East, with particular reference to the prevailing tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran. In a directive issued to all licensed news channels on Wednesday, Pemra directed the media to be careful when airing discussions […]

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Cybercrimes bill unlikely to pass Senate test

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s proposed cybercrime legislation has met a stumbling block in the opposition-dominated upper house of parliament. Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani has vaguely told the government the controversial bill will not be passed unless it is made acceptable to all stakeholders. Expressing reservations over the ‘very controversial’ draft of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes […]

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Pemra sends notices to two channels

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ISLAMABAD: The electronic media regulator has initiated action against five news channels and has issued two show-cause notices to two leading channels, in an effort to discourage the use of slang and street language on screen. The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) issued on Tuesday notices to the two channels for airing abusive, indecent […]

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Journalists to protest lack of security for media houses

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Islamabad – As many as four committees have been set up to make effective contacts with political parties, civil society organisations, trade unions and journalist organisations to ensure all out participation in protest sit-ins of the journalists in front of national and all provincial assemblies on December 8 against non-provision of security to the media […]

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AJK court suspends ban on TV channel

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MUZAFFARABAD: A division bench of the Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) High Court has suspended the regional administration’s orders for the closure of a cable TV channel and admitted for hearing a writ petition on the matter. On Oct 17, the Muzaffarabad district administration had closed three cable TV channels operating from the regional capital. […]

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Social media still in use to spread hate material

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ISLAMABAD – It has been six months now to the launch of National Action Plan (NAP) to eliminate terrorism but hate material continues to pile up on social media. Total blackout of terrorists on media, destroying of communication system of terrorist organizations and banning of hate material and propaganda to promote sectarianism, extremism and intolerance […]

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Cyber attacks against govt expose fatal cracks in Pakistan’s digital fence

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ISLAMABAD: While the government focuses on fighting terrorism and extremism under the National Action Plan (NAP), another threat seems to be looming on the horizon: cyber warfare. Sources have told Dawn that government assets are now increasingly coming under attack from hackers and subversive elements that may be looking to steal sensitive information or intercept […]

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Media and implementation of NAP

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Though consensus on the National Action Plan captured time and space in media but its implementation did not attract the media enthusiasm. Pakistani media primarily covered 20 points of the NAP in news sections; however on opinion pages and talk shows, the NAP did not get the due space and time. Hence media primarily remained […]

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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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Voicing concern: Cyber crime bill continues to attract criticism

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KARACHI: While the internet users in Pakistan still await the return of YouTube, the government looks to usher in the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PEC) 2015. “The government has not even consulted the relevant parties”, said Pakistan Software Houses Association (Pasha) president Jehan Ara, who is of the opinion that the draft law […]

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‘Vulnerable’ establishments: Sindh’s new bill can make any place ‘sensitive’

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Friday passed a bill to make arrangements for the security of vulnerable establishments that, according to the bill, can include anything from places of worship to banks and parks. Provincial parliamentary affairs minister Dr Sikandar Mandhro stated that the bill was being passed in pursuance of the implementation of the […]

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Govt finalises cyber bill to root out terrorism

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ISLAMABAD: In order to implement the National Action Plan to root out terrorism, the government has finalised cyber bill, proposing severe punishment and penalties for offenders, said Minister of State for Information Technology (IT) Anusha Rahman here on Tuesday. While talking to reporters on the occasion of a conference organised by Nokia, Anusha Rahman said […]

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Let’s kill debate

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Let’s kill debateIt was quite an experience. To put tough questions, of the sort that others avoid, to controversial persons heading organisations on the radar of militancy is something journalists wish for. This is what makes our profession so different from the save-your-skin-and-plod-on kind of careers. To use probe as a means to build perspective […]

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