ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social media

ATC indicts four for blasphemy on social mediaISLAMABAD: An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) on Tuesday indicted four out of seven suspects for allegedly publishing blasphemous content about Islam on social media. ATC Judge Shahrukh Arjumand arraigned the suspects, who pleaded not guilty and decided to stand trial. The suspects were brought to the court amid tight security. Subsequently, the court directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to start […]

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’

Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’The information ministry took punitive action against officials concerned on Monday in connection with a draconian law, relegating two senior officials of its Internal Publicity Wing as officers on special duty (OSD) and suspending another for tarnishing its image. Also on Monday, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) asserted that the print media fully abides by journalistic ethics. The development […]

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproar

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproarISLAMABAD: Amid pressure from media and civil society, the government on Monday abandoned the idea of promulgating the Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) Ordinance 2017, ordering strict action against three officers for unilaterally moving ahead with the proposal. The repressive stipulations of the draft law aimed to regulate the print media by making it mandatory for […]

Media under threat

Media under threatSuccessive governments have had an uneasy relationship with the media in all its formats, and as those formats proliferate and gain in power and reach so expands governmental unease. The desire to regulate the media conflicts directly with a growing public awareness of, and hunger for, basic freedoms of speech. Today there are reports that the […]

PAKISTAN Govt proposes law to gag print media

PAKISTAN Govt proposes law to gag print mediaISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz-led government has prepared a draft law to control media and impose more restrictions on the freedom of press. The speed with which the law is being prepared has sent alarm bells ringing in the journalist community, including the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE). The […]

PM assures APNS of no change in legal structure for print media

PM assures APNS of no change in legal structure for print mediaPakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has categorically assured the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) that the Government is not contemplating any change in the present legal structure of Print Media. However, any law or amendment, if needed, will be undertaken in consultation with the APNS, CPNE, PFUJ and other stakeholders. He reiterated the resolve […]