Question of rights

Question of rightsFreedom of expression is a fundamental right. Though this right is violated in autocratic governments and dictatorships, all functioning democracies have a mechanism to defend this right without which no civilized society commands respect of the global community in the 21st century. The UN recognizes this right as enshrined in its declaration of human rights. […]

PFUJ, PBC, HRCP, SHCBA concerned over proposed amendment

PFUJ, PBC, HRCP, SHCBA concerned over proposed amendmentISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) and Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) are deeply concerned about the proposed amendments to the Pakistan Penal Code and Criminal Procedure Code 1898, by the National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, which has recommended that persons who ‘disrespect’ or ‘intentionally ridicule’ the […]

Freedom of expression: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejects any bid to further gag fundamental right

Freedom of expression: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejects any bid to further gag fundamental rightISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) rejects any attempts to further gag the fundamental right of freedom of expression in the name of preventing defamation and disrespect of the armed forces. Pakistan People’s Party Parliamentarians (PPP-P) Secretary General Farhatullah Babar in a statement on Wednesday expressed grave concern over a bill moved by a PTI MNA […]

Panel passes bill seeking to make defaming armed forces punishable crime

Panel passes bill seeking to make defaming armed forces punishable crimeISLAMABAD: Amid stiff resistance offered by the opposition parties, a parliamentary body, on Wednesday, passed a bill seeking to make intentionally ridiculing and defaming the armed forces a punishable crime. The National Assembly Standing Committee on Interior, which met with MNA Raja Khurram Shahzad Nawaz in the chair, passed the Criminal Law (amendment) Act 2020, […]

Who is empowered to send notices to private radio channels?

Who is empowered to send notices to private radio channels?PESHAWAR: The Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leader and former lawmaker Akhunzada Chattan said while addressing a press conference in Bajaur on Tuesday that objection has been raised on Radio Shumal because it runs local news and whenever its reporters visit the field, people start criticising government performance and also raise questions about alleged irregularities in […]

US Human Rights Report expresses concern over freedom of expression restriction in Pakistan

US Human Rights Report expresses concern over freedom of expression restriction in PakistanPakistan saw “[…] serious restrictions on free expression, the press and the internet including violence against journalists, unjustified arrests and disappearances of journalists, censorship and site blocking […]” during 2020. This analysis of the situation of press freedom in Pakistan was presented as part of the US Department of State’s 2020 Country Report on Human […]