No way to block internet content, NA told

Pakistan Press Foundation

ISLAMABAD: The government has admitted that there is no technical way to block all objectionable content on the internet. In a written reply to a lawmaker’s query, the National Assembly was informed on Monday that the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) had carried out a search for objectionable material on the internet and blocked 31,819 such […]

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Ban on YouTube : LHC summons info minister

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: A division bench of the Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday summoned the Federal Minister of Information Technology Anushay Rehman at its next hearing to present the government’s stance on public access to YouTube in the country. The LHC noted that the federal government had not yet presented its stance on the issue, which […]

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Right to Information Act: Experts urge early implementation

Pakistan Press Foundation

LAHORE: The Punjab government believes in Transparency and will ensure that all citizens have the right to access to information and in this regard the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act will go a long way in addressing the problems of masses. Provincial Minister for Human Rights and Minorities Affairs Khalil Tahir Sindhu said […]

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Right to know: ‘Know your rights so no wrong is done by you’

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Being responsible citizens and taxpayers, it is our right to know where our money is spent. Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan grants one the right to access information in all matters of public importance. The information can be used to support complaints regarding the operations of any public department to make a […]

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Access to information policy

Pakistan Press Foundation

‘FREEDOM of information is a fundamental human right, the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the UN is consecrated.’ (Resolution 59(1) of the UNGA). The main theme behind the concept of freedom of information is that public institutions have an obligation to disclose information and every member of the public has a corresponding right […]

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Still not accessible: YouTube ban

Pakistan Press Foundation

FOR users of YouTube, the popular video-sharing website that has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012, there is little on the horizon indicating that a lifting of the ban is imminent. Efforts are being made to challenge the blackout in the judiciary, with petitions being heard in the Lahore and Peshawar high courts. The […]

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