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Call for launching media drive to create awareness about RTI Act

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PESHAWAR: Participants of a consultative meeting of media group on the Right to Information (RTI) Act, 2013, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has appreciated the passage of the law and has urged the provincial government for launching media campaign to create awareness among people at grass roots level. The media group is constituted by the Development, Environment, Legal […]

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Training of journalists a must: US embassy official

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Islamabad: Counsellor for Public Affairs, US Embassy Angela Aggeler on Wednesday said that regular training of journalists is mandatory to improve their capacity and make them capable of providing accurate information to the masses. “Media need to provide accurate news to the general public, as provision of no information is better than false information, as […]

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Right wronged

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The Right to Information (RTI) bill, originally introduced as an ordinance by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government, has finally been passed by the provisional assembly but amendments added to the bill have made it considerably weaker. The RTI bill now imposes a fine of Rs50,000 or a two-year prison sentence for those who ‘use the information […]

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A robust Info Act passed by KP compared to toothless Senate bill

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ISLAMABAD: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance (RTI Act 2013), a robust piece of legislation, will call into question the intention of the Senate’s standing committee that has tabled a toothless federal RTI draft law in the Upper House as a ‘multi-party’ bill. Although a few negative amendments have been introduced in the […]

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Soon to expire, PTI’s RTI law being wrung through rumour mill

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PESHAWAR: The much trumpeted Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) Right to Information (RTI) law, 2013 still has a bumpy way to go before it makes it into the statutory book. After the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf drafted the law, it was promulgated as a governor’s ordinance on August 13, 2013 and then presented in the assembly on September 16. Before […]

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Information bill will discourage applicants

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ISLAMABAD: Senators across party lines endorsed on Tuesday a report of the Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting on the Right to Information Bill, 2013, whose emphasis appears to be hiding rather than giving easy access to information. The chairman of the standing committee, Kamil Ali Agha of the PML-Q, presented the report before the […]

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Call for protecting people’s right to information

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SANGHAR: Social activists at a seminar on Friday asked the government to recognise, respect and protect the people’s basic rights, including their right to information, which is necessary for good governance. The seminar titled ‘Right to Information: A way forward to good governance’ was held at the district council hall of Sanghar and was organised […]

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Express Media joins Alliance For Access

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KARACHI: Express Media Group joined Alliance For Access, a nationwide coalition of corporations, telecommunication companies, non-profit organisations and academics for open access in Pakistan, on Monday, as part of its efforts to promote free access to information. Alliance For Access, an initiative of Bolo Bhi, a research-focused advocacy group for policy change, is working for […]

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Punjab Right to Information Law 2013: people urged to seek access to government information

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The Press Council of Pakistan (PEC) held a day long ‘An Interactive Session on Implementing the True Version of Punjab Right to Information Law 2013’ to make it more effective, meaningful and in line with the modern concept of openness and transparency in statecraft and democratic governance. Punjab Law Minister Rana Sanaullah presided over the […]

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Law eases media curbs

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KARACHI: The Press and Publications (Amendment) Ordinance of 1963 promulgated by the two provincial governments on September 2 has been replaced in each province by a new one. This was announced last night in Lahore by the West Pakistan Law Minister and in Dacca by the East Pakistan Governor who now holds the Law portfolio. […]

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Yet another ban

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Sir: The Sindh government has decided to ban instant messaging and voice over internet protocol (VoIP) applications such as Skype, WhatsApp, Tango and Viber for three months as a security measure. Internet freedom groups and activists have expressed anger and disbelief at this decision. Many people said that the government should focus on eliminating terrorism […]

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Transparency, Right to Info Ord more of an experiment

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LAHORE: The Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Ordinance seems more of an experiment than a bid to introduce transparency by which the public could know about the functioning of various departments. The proclaimed objectives (of the Ord) however are that the people would be able to have an oversight over government decisions, spending, appointments, […]

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Freedom of media imperative for strengthening of democratic institutions: Pervaiz

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid said Tuesday that right to information bill has been prepared as the government believed that freedom of media was imperative for further strengthening the democratic institutions. Addressing the meeting of Coalition on Safety of Journalist issues, Pervaiz Rashid said the said bill will soon be […]

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Blocking services

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Sir: The usage of Skype, Viber, Tango and Whatsaap has been banned in Sindh. YouTube has already been blocked in Pakistan for the last one year. There were thoughts about blocking Google too. I would like to advise the dear government to please put a complete ban on internet services in Pakistan because, instead of […]

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