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Access and exemptions: Right to information

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A SPEAKER at a workshop was recently quoted as calling the right to information the mother of all rights. Pakistanis have taken their time to realise this basic principle and now when they are making an effort to access information as a right, there are fears they might end up with less than what they […]

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Punjab freedom of information bill: Civil society rejects draft

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LAHORE: Representatives of civil society organisations on Friday rejected the draft Punjab Freedom of Information Bill 2013, describing it as a “disabler law” having no mention of the status of whistleblowers. Maximised time of redressal mechanism, long list of arbitrary “exemptions”, safeguarding many public domain information with the notion of “national defence or security”, “public […]

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Freedom of information

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The Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance is the first major accomplishment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led coalition government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The only such law in the country, the RTI paves the way for a more transparent and vibrant democracy where citizens have access to all government documents and can monitor the expenditure of their […]

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Right to know

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The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Right to Information Ordinance 2013, promulgated by the provincial PTI government, is a complex piece of legislation which will require time to properly analyse and digest. And, as with all such laws, good intentions will not be enough and will have to be followed by effective implementation. These caveats aside, the law […]

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Limiting information

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IT is a testament to the rapid progress of information technology that lectures and courses by well-known educational institutes, analyses of political and social discourse, and historical accounts of relatively unknown events can be accessed through video-sharing websites such as YouTube. However, in Pakistan, because of certain sacrilegious videos purportedly threatening public order, a whole […]

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Right to Information Ordinance undergoes overhaul

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PESHAWAR: The government has amended its draft on the Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance, after the initial blueprint was criticised for certain inadequacies. K-P Governor Engineer Shaukatullah Khan, who signed the ordinance forwarded by the provincial government on August 13, was quoted by an official source as saying: “I have signed the ordinance because the […]

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KP unveils information ordinance on 18th

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government will unveil the right to information ordinance on Aug 18 (Sunday) during a special function to be attended by provincial Chief Minister Pervez Khattak and Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf chief Imran Khan.The ordinance will come into force with immediate effect, say the relevant officials. The officials told Dawn on Thursday that Khyber […]

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YouTube ban

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Sir: On September 17, 2012, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) ordered access to YouTube blocked after the website did not remove the trailer of Sam Bacile’s Innocence of Muslims, a film insulting Islam. Pakistan banned YouTube because it was considered blasphemous for defaming Islam’s Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). Since this ban months ago, the government has […]

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‘Right to Information law integral to democracy’

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ISLAMABAD: An event focusing on the impact and lessons of the Right to Information (RTI) Act in India was held in the capital on Thursday. Wajahat Habibullah, chairman of India’s National Commission for Minorities, spoke as a distinguished lecturer at the event, organised by the Jinnah Institute, as part of the Indo-Pak Track II peace […]

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Losing momentum: Right to Information Ordinance comes under fire

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By: Abdur Rauf PESHAWAR: The Right to Information Ordinance (RTI) is yet to encourage a sense of optimism in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The RTI’s legislation was devised in April 2010 under the 18th Amendment and was recently approved by the K-P cabinet in a meeting on July 10, 2013. However, as the provincial assembly is not […]

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Open up

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By: Kamila Hyat We know too little about how our government functions or what it determines for us – quite often without our knowledge or consent. One of the areas into which authorities seem to be stepping with heavier and heavier boots is access to information over the internet. The internet has, notably over the […]

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Right to information

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RECENTLY, I attended a workshop organised by Shehri, a Karachi-based NGO. The workshop was about the ‘Right to Information and Freedom of Information’ . We were informed that a common citizen is empowered to access all information held by the government (except for the sensitive one) through Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan. The […]

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