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 […]

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 […]

Govt looking to resurrect repressive press laws

Govt looking to resurrect repressive press lawsISLAMABAD: Apparently not satisfied with the freedom enjoyed by the print media since the courts struck down anti-press regulations introduced in the 1960s, the government has now decided to introduce harsher laws to control the press. Being prepared to regulate the print media, the proposed law will introduce stringent rules making it mandatory for publishers […]

Be vigilant of hostile narratives on social media, COAS advises youths

Be vigilant of hostile narratives on social media, COAS advises youthsArmy chief General Qamar Javed Bajwa urged youths on Thursday to remain mindful and vigilant of of hostile narratives through social media. “Educated youth is prime target of ISIS [Da’ish] and affiliates, be extra cautious,” the chief of army staff (COAS) was quoted by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) as saying. Gen Qamar visited Inter-Services Publication Directorate wherein […]