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SPOTLIGHT: THE YEAR IN ENTERTAINMENT

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‘It was the best of times, it was the worst of times,” wrote Dickens — and that fateful line has ended up summing up so many year-end reviews like this one. “… it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness…” he had written on. Once again, words that fit so well […]

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Nawaz’s conviction jolts social media

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ISLAMABAD: Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s conviction in Al-Azizia reference jolted social media and hawks from ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf and opposition Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz furiously attacked each other. International and local media houses flashed the news on internet instantly, capturing the attention of thousands, making trend #NawazShairf popular with over 25,000 comments, where intellectuals, politicians, journalists and […]

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Pakistan’s army is behind an unprecedented clampdown on the media

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Upon superficial inspection, Pakistan’s market for expression is enjoying a golden age. This is a still a land of broadsheet newspapers, in both Urdu and English. Television channels only multiply. The country hardly lacks for people with a point of view, with regiments of columnists and teeming opinion-formers on social media. This picture of a thriving, […]

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‘World needs one voice to counter hate speech’

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ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Tuesday said the world needed to have one voice to counter hate speech and incitement to violence. “The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government is a staunch advocate of free speech but there is a dire need for international regulatory regime to defy hate content on social media,” […]

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Making online safer

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What do you do if your teenage daughter tells you someone is harassing her online? Do you tell her to ignore it, as you do when she harassed in real life just because you fear what people will say? What do you tell your son when he suddenly becomes depressed and aloof, jumping at the […]

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Junaid Jamshed remembered by social media users

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KARACHI: From ‘Saw­anli Saloni’ and ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ to his soulful naats, Junaid Jamshed was on everyone’s mind on Friday as a hashtag with his name was one of Pakistan’s top trends for the day. The late singer was among those who died aboard a PIA flight which crashed near Havelian en route to Islamabad […]

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PM asks Facebook to check misuse of social media

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday urged the Facebook management to play its role in checking misuse of social media in spreading fake news, violence and hate content. During a meeting with Simon Milner, Vice President of Public Policy, Facebook Singapore, who called on him at the Prime Minister Office, Mr Khan underscored the […]

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Pakistani crystal artist featured in Forbes

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Sara Shakeel is the latest artist to gain momentum on social media. Her crystal art work has everyone mesmerised and she’s definitely become the talk of the town in a short period of time Boasting nearly 400,000 Instagram followers, her feed features unusually thought-provoking yet beautiful images. From McDonald’s fries to the Milan Cathedral, the artist is […]

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Books by design

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It happens almost instantaneously. Without us even realising what’s happening, without any warning. No matter what we are told about refraining from judging a book’s content by its cover, we can’t avoid it. The more alluring, the better. However, as far as publication of Urdu books in Pakistan is concerned, one can’t help but think […]

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Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media

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ISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government while disbanding Pemra has decided to establish Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, which will simultaneously regulate electronic and print media as well as social media. “In Pakistan, media enjoys freedom and is effective too as it can be compared with that of any developed […]

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Pakistan No 1 in Facebook content censorship

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Islamabad: Pakistan has emerged as No 1 country in the world when it comes to censoring content on the Facebook, a new official report by the social media giant revealed. According to an analysis of the report released by the company on Friday, Pakistan has made 2,203 requests to Facebook for content restriction, the highest […]

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Media must adopt self-imposed ethics to maintain credibility: Fawad

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LAHORE – Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Sunday said that the credibility of media was fast diminishing and it must adopt self-imposed ethics to maintain the same. Addressing the launch of a national daily at the auditorium of a private university here, the Minister said that Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) did […]

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Moot urges people not to forward offensive material on social media blindly

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HYDERABAD: Speakers at a ‘law conference’ urged people to give up forwarding material blindly on social media because many things were offensive and it constituted a crime to spread them carelessly. They said the world had tuned into a global village where one was not connected to one’s real brother but he was linked to […]

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Man arrested for ‘defrauding couples on social media’

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Police on Sunday claimed to have arrested a man for defrauding people through fake social media advertisements that offered couples the opportunity to swap their partners. The arrest was a part of a series of actions taken during the Clifton division police’s campaign ‘Rescuing Youth, Saving Future’ in the upmarket neighbourhood and its surroundings. Suspect […]

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