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YouTube ban

Pakistan Press Foundation

We are approaching a year since YouTube was banned in the country in September 2012 on the orders of then prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to stop access to a blasphemous film uploaded on the site. The said film had led to massive protests in the country. The continued blockage of the entire sight – […]

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YouTube ban

Pakistan Press Foundation

We are approaching a year since YouTube was banned in the country in September 2012 on the orders of then prime minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf to stop access to a blasphemous film uploaded on the site. The said film had led to massive protests in the country. The continued blockage of the entire sight – […]

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IT & telecom sector’s issues to be resolved: Anusha

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: After listening to the problems faced by the IT and telecom sector, Minister of State for Information Technology Anusha Rehman held a meeting with Pakistan Telecom Authority here on Wednesday to address the issues faced by the sector. In a meeting with the Minister, CEOs of telecom companies had raised several issues faced by […]

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Telecom sector’s outflows reach $390.9m

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: Mehtab Haider ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s telecom sector has witnessed net outflows of $390.9 million in the outgoing financial year, official sources told the News on MondayExperts said that puts a big question mark on the the PML-N government’s plan to auction Third Generation (3G) technology to fetch around $1 billion in licence fees. The raising […]

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The media challenge

Pakistan Press Foundation

By: HUMA YUSUF INFORMATION Minister Pervaiz Rashid recently emphasised the PML-N government’s support for free media, acknowledging that it’s vital for promoting democracy. Ironically, that was one of the first things General Pervez Musharraf said after seizing power, in part to distinguish himself from his predecessor Nawaz Sharif, only to be ousted a decade later […]

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Ban on YouTube

Pakistan Press Foundation

Thus far in its short term, the caretaker government has been content to stay relatively low-key, and even though a peaceful transfer of power to the next democratically-elected government is the main goal of the caretaker set-up, there is another area where it can stamp its mark. The ban on YouTube now stands at 200 […]

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‘MoIT, PTA to devise SIMs verification mode’

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf on Monday directed the Ministry of Information Technology (MoIT) and Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to devise a mechanism on verification of mobile phone SIMs (Subscriber Identity Module), in consultation with cellular companies. The Prime Minister gave the instructions in a meeting with a delegation of private cellular operators. Prime […]

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The YouTube ban

Sir: YouTube has been banned in Pakistan for nearly 163 days now. However, the ban has brought little good. The anti-Islam video, which was the root cause of the ban, is still viewable to the entire world on YouTube. Moreover, more than 1 million links on the internet lead to the video as copies of […]

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YouTube closure

Pakistan Press Foundation

THE PTA and the Supreme Court have banned YouTube in Pakistan. This ban is serving no purpose. As a student, we are also facing some odds. There is a big contradiction in what the SC ordered and what is actually happening in the cyber world. There are a number of Internet proxy servers through which […]

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Govt plans to restart YouTube

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: Standing Committee on Information Technology on Tuesday decided to form a three member committee to negotiate with the management of YouTube, in order to restore the website, after addressing the concerns of the nation. Senator Mohammad Idrees Khan Safi chaired the meeting of the committee, which was held at the Parliament Lodges. Director-General (DG) […]

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YouTube ban

Pakistan Press Foundation

YOUTUBE ban continues in Pakistan in spite of several promises made by Rehman Malik, which are on record, to lift the ban within a few weeks. A good four months have passed since the ban. On YouTube, one could frequently see a great deal of region-specific content that can be accessed only in the specified […]

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Rumpus in PTA HQ as power struggle continues

Pakistan Press Foundation

By Jawwad Rizvi and Zubair Kasuri Senior officials seen in CCTV footage trying to harass or kidnap two members who opposed hasty $2 billion 3G auction LAHORE: After removal of the former PTA chairman Farooq Awan and repatriation of various officials to their parent departments, smooth functioning of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has been […]

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