Rights activists vow to defend social media freedom

Rights activists vow to defend social media freedomISLAMABAD: Rights act­ivists, lawyers, journalists, politicians representing different political parties at a conference held here on Wed­nesday expressed the res­olve to resist and challe­nge government move to res­trict social media freedom. They demanded review of rules framed under the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act 2016 and appro­ved a declaration stating that such “black laws will […]

Social media restrictions lifted in Kashmir

Social media restrictions lifted in KashmirIndian authorities on Wednesday lifted the ban on access to social media websites in occupied Kashmir. People in the region will now be allowed unrestricted 2G internet access. In addition, internet services will also be available on landline connections. However, this permission will be granted after verification. According to a notification, internet speed shall be […]

Women move LHC to get Aurat March ‘regulated’

Women move LHC to get Aurat March ‘regulated’LAHORE: Six women ‘activists’ approached the Lahore High Court on Monday with a request to ‘regulate’ forthcoming Aurat March to ensure implementation of Citizen Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020. Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh is set to resume on Tuesday (today) hearing on main petition against the march moved by Advocate Azhar Siddique. On […]

NA body expresses concern over online rules

NA body expresses concern over online rulesExpressing serious concerns over the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, the National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology observed that if the social media companies were banned for not abiding the rules, it might result in international embarrassment, besides hampering digital media growth in the country. The committee met under the chairmanship of […]

Implementation of online rules suspended, says PTA

Implementation of online rules suspended, says PTAKARACHI: A day after over 100 rights organisations and individuals announced a boycott of talks with the government on the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020 unless the rules were revoked, the authorities have clarified that the implementation of rules had already been suspended. On Sunday, the rights groups in a statement said the […]

Rights groups to boycott talks with govt over online rules

Rights groups to boycott talks with govt over online rulesISLAMABAD: Over 100 rights organisations and individuals have decided to boycott government consultation on the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020 unless the cabinet withdraws the rules it approved on Feb 11. They have also objected to the selection of committee members for consultation as not a single representative of civil society, industry and […]