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An unused right

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VARIOUS international and domestic factors have led to the adoption of Right To Information (RTI) laws across the world over the last 25 years. More than 90 countries now have laws on access to information, up from 13 in 1990. There is now global recognition of the importance of transparency in promoting effective governance. RTI […]

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PPF files 60 Right to Information requests to get details of journalists murder cases

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KARACHI: Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) has filed 60 Right to Information (RTI) requests to know about the progress and status of the cases of journalists murdered across the country in the line of duty during 2002-2013. In a statement issued today, Secretary General PPF, Owais Aslam Ali said that Pakistan was amongst the most dangerous […]

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Right to information: YouTube ban equated with stopping blasphemy

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LAHORE: A group of lawyers favouring the ban on YouTube staged protested demonstration outside the Lahore High Court against “blasphemy or any steps taken to defend blasphemers.” Bytes for All, the petitioner, is seeking withdrawal of the ban on the popular video sharing website. Its counsel Yasser Latif Hamdani and four officials appeared at the […]

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Remaining RTI commissioners appointed

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The two remaining commissioners of the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Right to Information (RTI) Commission were appointed on Monday. According to a handout issued by the K-P Public Relations and Culture Department, under Section 24 of the RTI Act 2013, Abdul Mateen and Professor Kalimullah had been appointed as RTI commissioners with immediate effect. “The two commissioners […]

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RTI information commission incomplete as deadline looms

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PESHAWAR: The information commission under the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Right to Information (RTI) Act is yet to be established, rendering the act itself dysfunctional till then. The K-P RTI commission has to be established within 120 days of the enactment of the law, an official at the Civil Secretariat, Peshawar told The Express Tribune. “The 120-day […]

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No right to know

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Despite the fact that this is a compulsory requirement under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI) passed last December by the provincial assembly, the government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body. Under the Act, the government is required to […]

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Putting Press Freedom at the Heart of Anti-Poverty Efforts

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Umar Cheema, a Pakistani journalist, wrote often about the military. Then one night masked men hauled him from his car and during six hours of torture, sexual humiliation, and threats, they made it clear that the reporting should stop. Cheema not only refused to stop writing, he went public with his ordeal. “I wanted to […]

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Right to information: Bolo bhi requests transparency

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Bolo Bhi, a non-profit organisation with focus on advocacy, policy and research, has filed Right to Information (RTI) requests to inquire about surveillance and web filtering equipment reportedly acquired by the government. The RTI seeks information regarding specific laws under which surveillance & filtering equipment has been acquired. “We have asked for information such as […]

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Punjab right to information act still in stillborn state

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LAHORE: The Punjab government has not yet established a Punjab Information Commission (PIC) or Press Information Officers (PIO) in any public body, even as these are mandatory under the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act 2013 (RTI), The Express Tribune has learnt. The Punjab Assembly passed the RTI Act 2013 in December last year, […]

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Tax data and right to information

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The Federal Board of Revenue (FBR), in compliance to commitment given by the Finance Minister to the Senate on January 7, 2014 that details of all parliamentarians would be made public by February 15, 2014, is still searching and collecting their data-even National Tax Numbers (NTNs) have not been issued to all of them till […]

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Bureaucrats want media out while PAC meets

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ISLAMABAD: Accusing the media of being irresponsible, the top bureaucracy on Monday proposed in-camera meetings of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to keep it out of its proceedings. The bureaucracy complained a lot about the presence of the media in the proceedings of the Public Accounts Committee as it met here with the Opposition Leader […]

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Freedom and information

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A 30-member entourage accompanied the president of Pakistan during his Haj visit to Saudi Arabia in October 2013. There were conflicting reports in the media about who paid for the travel and stay of this entourage, which included members of personal staff as well as relatives. Were the expenses covered by the president from his […]

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Right to Information Bill tabled in PA

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By: Hussain Kashif LAHORE: The Punjab government tabled and started debate on the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Bill 2013 in the provincial assembly on Wednesday to make compulsory for government departments to provide the demanded information within the next 14 working days to the citizens. Under the proposed laws, a special commission would […]

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Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa becomes first province to enact updated RTI

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Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid was appointed as the Chief Information Commissioner by the government on Friday as the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Governor signed the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2013, said a notification. The law will make K-P the first province to have implemented the RTI as a law. Sahibzada Muhammad Khalid, a grade 22 official who […]

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