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Right to know: Activists stress for implementation of right to information law

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HYDERABAD: Civil society activists pressed for implementing the provincial law that grants the public access to information regarding government functionaries and official documents. The participants at a dialogue on Sunday also pointed out flaws and ambiguities in the Sindh Freedom of Information Act, 2006, which the officials allegedly manipulate to keep information from the people. […]

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Law on ‘right to information’ finalized

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ISLAMABAD: After toughening up the Right to Information Act-2014, a parliamentary panel has finalised the legislation, which will soon be placed before the federal cabinet for approval. According to the final draft of the act, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, Pakistan Information Commission having powers of a civil court will […]

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The right to know

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Pakistan’s Senate has finalized the Right to Information Bill. This Bill has been developed to make two of the cardinal principles of democracy, transparency and accountability, the cornerstone of Pakistan’s politics. If these two principles are established, Pakistan will not only be able to deal with the menace of corruption that has eaten into its […]

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Journalists under attack

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PAKISTAN’S journalists are making news again. In Quetta, they are desperately protesting against the killing of their colleagues, and trying to persuade the authorities to reduce the risks to their security. In Islamabad they appear to be pursuing a less laudable objective. Both instances highlight the seriousness of the hazards the country’s working journalists are […]

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PCP seeks measures to protect Geo, media houses

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ISLAMABAD: The Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) has written a letter to Chief Commissioner and Inspector General of Police Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to take appropriate action and provide proper security to media houses, especially Geo, which is under attack for many days. The PCP told the authorities that the freedom of press, free flow […]

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Draft of ‘Right to Information’ law finalised

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ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians from across the political divide have succeeded in drafting a very powerful Right to Information (RTI) law which, if passed, will change the information landscape of the country. The draft “Right to Information Act, 2014”, a copy of which is available with The News, not only binds the government to share information about […]

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Why PFUJ reunification is need of the hour?

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It was important to involve some of the senior journalists and those who remained part of the struggle in most difficult times, when you are taking a decision for reunification of all the three factions of the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), which has a history of 65 years, half of which fought from […]

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No transparency, no information

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Worthy legislation is one thing, getting it implemented quite another. There is much to applaud in the passing of the Punjab Right to Transparency and Information Bill in December 2013, but since the bill came on to the statute books precious little has been done to implement it. The government has not reserved any funds […]

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Fate of Right to Information Act hangs in balance

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LAHORE: Six months after the introduction of the Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act (RTI) 2014, the government has failed to implement the legislation and has not reserved any funds for the purpose in this year’s budget. This has raised questions about the establishment of the Punjab Information Commission (PIC), and the three information […]

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FCCI hails Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act

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FAISALABAD: Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013 (RTI) is a positive step towards a transparent, efficient and publicly acceptable governance system in Punjab, said Engr. Suhail Bin Rashid, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI). He was chairing the first ‘RTI Baithak’ organized by Beacon house University on ‘Role of Civil Society […]

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People educated on right to info

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SIALKOT: USAID and DTCE jointly organised a session on accountability & right to information and the participants were told that Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan provides that every citizen shall have the right to information in all the matters of public importance. Ghulam Mustafa, a capacity development specialist, informed the participants that public […]

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Proposals about right to information body hailed

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ISLAMABAD: The Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP) has welcomed the proposals of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting regarding establishment of an independent and autonomous information commission at the federal level and providing legal protection to whistleblowers. A statement issued by CRCP secretary general Mian Abrar Hafeez praised the committee and […]

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Free country, free media

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Apart from the weather forecast, journalism is all about seeking and reporting truth. In order to make wise decisions about welfare and warfare, a society needs accurate and comprehensive information and analysis, such as how many people Veena Malik has slept with and whether she will be loyal to her husband. In line with these […]

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Govt accused of violating right to information law

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference on Saturday accused the government of violating right to information law. The international conference was held at a local hotel to mark World Press Freedom Day. “Mediapersons are not allowed to get information especially from the military establishment,” they maintained. Federal Minister for Petroleum and Natural Heritage Shahid Khaqan Abbasi […]

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