‘PTA be allowed to block all objectionable websites’

‘PTA be allowed to block all objectionable websites’ISLAMABAD: The ministry of religious affairs asked security agencies concerned on Thursday to allow Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block all websites containing blasphemous, anti-state and/or objectionable content as soon as possible. The request was forwarded during an inter-ministerial meeting here. An official, who attended the meeting, said that the meeting was attended by officials of […]

Channel anchor’s talk declared hate speech

Channel anchor’s talk declared hate speechISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Monday announced its decision with regard to Dr Amir Liaquat’s programme on Bol TV asking for airing apology by both the channel and the anchor before March 31, 2017. The decision was announced by the Pemra’s 127th meeting on the opinions and recommendations submitted by the joint […]

Petition seeks judicial probe to determine facilitators of bloggers

Petition seeks judicial probe to determine facilitators of bloggersIslamabad  – A fresh petition in blasphemy matter was Tuesday moved in the Islamabad High Court seeking its direction to constitute a judicial commission to determine as to who were responsible to facilitate and escort the alleged five blasphemer bloggers. The petition was moved by civil society through its President Muhammad Tahir who nominated federation through […]

IHC wants blasphemy, pornography sections added to cybercrime law

IHC wants blasphemy, pornography sections added to cybercrime lawISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) directed the authorities concerned on Friday to include sections related to blasphemy and pornography in the Cyber Crimes Act. Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui noted that two important aspects – blasphemy and pornography – have not specifically been mentioned in the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016. He subsequently directed the […]

NA flays circulation of blasphemous material

NA flays circulation of blasphemous materialISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Tuesday passed a joint resolution unanimously to condemn circulation of blasphemous material on social media and urged the government to take necessary measures to curb it. The House also authorised Speaker National Assembly to constitute a 10-member committee comprising members from all parliamentary parties to discuss the issue and propose […]

Journalists in Pakistan Unite to Fight Violence Against Media

Journalists in Pakistan Unite to Fight Violence Against MediaPakistan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. Media personnel are targeted by militants; religious, ethnic, and separatist groups; intelligence and law enforcement agencies; and even mainstream political parties. The country—a frontline state for almost four decades—suffers from a polarized society and a culture of intolerance. As rule of law […]