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New cybercrime bill tough on individuals’ rights, soft on crime

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ISLAMABAD: The government’s latest bill aimed at regulating Internet usage is tougher, curbs civil liberties and focuses more on moral aspects of Internet use than cybercrime itself. At least this is how most information technology experts describe the new Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015, which was sent to the National Assembly Standing Committee on […]

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Senate body clears private member’s cyber crime bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Senate sub-committee on Information Technology on Thursday approved a draft of the Protection of Cyber Crimes Act, 2014 that aims to prevent electronic fraud, crimes and online acts of terrorism. The bill was moved by the PPP’s Dr Karim Ahmed Khawaja last May and since then had been struggling for committee approval. Senator […]

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Controversial media guidelines ‘uninformed’ and ‘unacceptable’

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ISLAMABAD: The controversial guidelines for the media to combat terrorism, prepared by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, may have been tabled before the house but legislators believe that there still is a long way to go before any such measure can be implemented. The report titled ‘Proposals to Strengthen Media’s Role […]

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Marvi for creation of consultative body in fight against terrorism

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ISLAMABAD – National Assembly Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Chairperson Marvi Memon has proposed creation of a consultative body of government and media representatives to help promote better cooperation in the fight against terrorism. In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, she said media has an important and effective role to complement efforts of […]

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IT Ministry wants Cyber Crime Bill to be tabled in NA

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ISLAMABAD: The Ministry of IT and Telecom on Friday recommended to the prime minister to accord direct approval for tabling the much-awaited Prevention of Cyber Crimes Bill in parliament for speedy enactment. The Cyber Crime Bill is pending approval before the cabinet for many months for tabling in parliament.The Ministry of IT has made direct […]

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NA body proposes changes in broadcast, social media laws

ISLAMABAD: Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Tuesday presented a set of proposed changes to existing laws and regulations governing public discourse and behavior on broadcast and social media. The meeting of the committee, which was presided over by Member National Assembly (MNA) Marvi Memon was held here at Parliament House to […]

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Law on ‘right to information’ finalized

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ISLAMABAD: After toughening up the Right to Information Act-2014, a parliamentary panel has finalised the legislation, which will soon be placed before the federal cabinet for approval. According to the final draft of the act, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, Pakistan Information Commission having powers of a civil court will […]

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Coverage of militancy

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TO read through the 46 recommendations issued by the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage after its meeting on Wednesday is to run the gamut between good intentions and the deeply dangerous. Opening with “the press shall not lend itself to the projection of crime terrorism as heroic and the criminals, […]

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Pemra urged to act against live coverage of tragic incidents

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By: NOKHAIZ SAHI ISLAMABAD: National Assembly Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Friday discussed the role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), urging strict action should be taken against the media organisations giving live coverage to tragic incidents and airing talk shows against the ideology of Pakistan. The Committee was informed […]

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NA body seeks proposals to help families of slain journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly standing committee on information and broadcasting on Tuesday directed the ministry to prepare proposals for the allocation of funds to help the families of journalists who lost their lives in the line of duty. The meeting of the committee was presided over by Marvi Memon. Secretary Information Mohammad Azam informed the […]

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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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Ripples of YouTube ban

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It has been two years since Pakistan banned YouTube, the popular video-sharing platform. Last government imposed the ban; this government continues to enforce that. No exit is in sight. A few civil society organisations have been commendably campaigning for YouTube restoration on legal grounds, but their efforts have so far been stonewalled by the Federal […]

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Parliament to help remove injustice, MPs assure Jang-Geo Group

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ISLAMABAD: Speaker National Assembly Sardar Ayaz Sadiq and parliamentary leaders of both the houses of parliament — the National Assembly and Senate — on Monday promised that parliament will suggest a proper action against the injustices being meted out to the Geo-Jang Group. This assurance came when a delegation of senior members of the Geo-Jang […]

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MPs want parliament to probe Geo closure issue

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information Senator Pervaiz Rashid on Monday, speaking on the floor of the House in the joint sitting of parliament, said that Geo News and PTV offices were attacked and their buildings and equipment damaged, which created hindrances in the performance of professional duties of media personnel. He proposed to the NA Speaker […]

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