Pakistan: Court seeks to impose restrictions on live TV coverage, Journalists oppose curbs on media

The Supreme Court of Pakistan on August 23, 2013 directed The government to submit a comprehensive report of making the procedure of controlling the live transmissions of television channels. Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry had taken suo moto notice of the case regarding Islamabad firing incident of August 15 where a person opened …

Well, at least we’ve banned YouTube

By: Zaair Hussain I had been considering writing on this topic for a while, but I foolishly believed it to be ‘trivial’ or ‘unimportant’, or even ‘so incredibly stupid that my brain hurt to dwell on it for more than a moment’. But our elected leadership and our guardians of justice have managed to open …

Freedom of information

Transparency Access

The Right to Information (RTI) Ordinance is the first major accomplishment of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI)-led coalition government in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P). The only such law in the country, the RTI paves the way for a more transparent and vibrant democracy where citizens have access to all government documents and can monitor the expenditure of their …

Punjab asked to enact right to information law

RAWALPINDI: People from all walks of life on Tuesday asked the Punjab government to enact a Right to Information (RTI) law similar to the one passed by the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government. Speaking at a mobilisation camp here, civil society activists and others said the passage of the RTI ordinance in the KP province was going …

Politicians using media for electioneering instead of visiting constituencies

Politicians using media for electioneering instead of visiting constituenciesThe speakers at a panel discussion held during a workshop on ‘Role of Media in Current Political Scenario’ viewed that the political parties and their candidates were using the media for their election campaign instead of visiting their respective constituencies for canvassing. “The candidates used to visit their constituencies and conduct electioneering through corner meetings […]