Freedom of speech

Not only is freedom of religion guaranteed in the west but also freedom from religion. Nobody is obliged to believe in a religion and therefore sceptics, agnostics and atheists are free to follow their own moral codes Freedom of speech is a core liberal human right, one that western democracies put on the highest pedestal. …

YouTube: a calcified issue

THE outrage is over, the perceived hurt has healed and the piece of mischief that caused the furore in the first place has taken its place in the dustbin of history. The world has moved on — except for Pakistan, which stubbornly refuses to come to terms with the realities of the age of information, …

Tweeting terror

By Syed Talat Hussain “It is a message for the coalition…your men will end up in videos that are even more horrific and will do lasting damage to public opinion in your countries”. This is how Romain Cailet, a militant movements’ expert, has explained the motive behind Islamic State’s release of an over 22-minute long …

Right to Information Act Punjab to be implemented

CHAKWAL: Chief Information Commissioner Justice (retd) Mazhar Hussain Minhas has said that the Right to Information Act Punjab will be implemented in its true spirit. He said this while addressing the Right to Information Act Punjab seminar arranged by the Chakwal Press Club here on Sunday. Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists leader CR Shamsi presided …

‘No solution but to persist with YouTube ban’

ISLAMABAD: The government told the Senate on Friday that there was no way to block blasphemous content on video-sharing website YouTube without banning the entire site itself. However, the fact that hundreds of Internet users across the country continue to bypass the official ban and access YouTube through their computers, smartphones and tablets on a …

Trained war correspondents

By: M Ziauddin Pakistan has been at war now for almost 35 years at a stretch. It all began with the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan around 1979-80. A call went around the so-called Islamic world for recruits for jihad against the infidel Soviets. Our religio-political parties, led by the Jamaat-e-Islami and the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam, not …