Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures online

Govt told to implement anti-blasphemy measures onlineISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has given the federal government a week to implement its order in a case related to the uploading of sacrilegious content on social media. IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui warned on Friday that in case of non-compliance, the prime minister and other cabinet ministers could be summoned at the […]

Pakistan: Government suspend television news channels, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and Daily Motion to prevent coverage of protests.

Pakistan:  Government suspend television news channels, Facebook, You Tube, Twitter, and Daily Motion to prevent coverage of protests.On November 25, 2017, Pakistani government suspended all national private news channels, Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, and Daily Motion across the country for over 24 hours, to prevent coverage of police crackdown against protestors in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. A number of journalists were also injured while covering the protests. Around 8,000 security officials took […]

TV news channels back on air

TV news channels back on airISLAMABAD –  On the directives of the federal government, the Pakistan Electronic Regulatory Media Authority (Pemra) on Sunday evening restored transmission of private television channels across the country. Private TV channels went off-air in most parts of the country for almost 28 hours before their transmission was restored. On Saturday morning, the Pemra stopped private […]

Freedoms constrained

Freedoms constrainedFreedom in Pakistan, especially if considering the internet and its multiplying roles in daily life, is something of an illusion. Governments worldwide fear the ‘net’ and the anarchic freedoms it represents, freedoms of speech and expression that governments find inconvenient and seek to constrain, often with considerable success as the citizens of China would find […]

Govt urged to protect rights, ensure freedom of expression

Govt urged to protect rights, ensure freedom of expressionCivil society groups on Friday expressed concern over the spate of attacks on journalists and ever-increasing restrictions on social media and urged the government to ensure freedom of expression – a fundamental right guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan. The Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER) held a meeting on Friday at the […]

Stifling social media

Stifling social mediaA PALL is descending on digital spaces, and threatening every citizen’s democratic right to free speech with real-life consequences. It comes as no reassurance, then, that while Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal insisted people would be allowed to air their political opinions on social media, he also announced that the FIA would spearhead the creation of […]