IT ministry forms panel to review social media rules

ISLAMABAD: While uproar against the new rules to regulate social media continues from various segments of society, including parliamentarians, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and civil society, the information technology ministry on Friday formed a committee to review the rules. The federal cabinet approved the rules on Feb 11, but later after opposition […]

GNI identifies risks to privacy, freedom of expression in social media rules

GNI identifies risks to privacy, freedom of expression in social media rulesKARACHI: Concerned about the broad scope of the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules 2020, approved by the Pakistan government, the Global Network Initiative (GNI) has identified aspects of the rules that create significant risks to privacy and freedom of expression. The GNI is a multi-stakeholder organisation composed of leading information and communication technology (ICT) […]

Fawad says social media companies must come under tax net

Fawad says social media companies must come under tax netISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry while talking about social media regulation said social media websites must come under national tax net as Pakistan has paid hefty amount to foreign companies. Talking to a private news channel he stated that it was not a strange act as rest of the world had […]

Social media curbs setback to Pakistan, says Wells

KARACHI: United Sta­tes chief diplomat for South Asian affairs Alice Wells has termed the new restrictions on social media platforms in Pakistan a “setback” for freedom of expression and development of digital economy. In a memo dated Jan 28, the federal cabinet approved the Citizens Protection (Against Online Harm) Rules, 2020, that outline extensive guidelines […]

Civil society rejects new social media rules

Civil society rejects new social media rulesLAHORE: The civil society, including the representatives of journalists, lawyers and workers unions, has rejected and condemned the new social media rules, demanding the government repeal them immediately and issue a plan of consultation with the people who are the real stakeholders. They said no such measure should be imposed upon the public without consultation. […]

Speakers vow to protect freedom of expression

Speakers vow to protect freedom of expressionLAHORE/ ISLAMABAD: Lawyers, human rights activists, politicians and journalists on Thursday vehemently opposed the government decision to regulate the social media and imposition of self-censorship on the mainstream media, vowing to resist all laws aimed at curbing the freedom of expression under the pretext of national security. Speaking at two different venues, they feared that […]

PM wants all stakeholders on board over social media rules

PM wants all stakeholders on board over social media rulesISLAMABAD: Amid growing criticism of newly introduced “curbs” on social media, Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday directed the authorities concerned to take all stakeholders on board before implementing the new rules. Presiding over a meeting, the prime minister expressed the hope that all international social media and internet companies would continue to work in […]

PBC, SCBA express concern over social media regulation

PBC, SCBA express concern over social media regulationISLAMABAD: The top bodies representing the legal fraternity expressed concern on Friday over reports that the government is weighing a set of proposals that seek to gag the media and curtail freedom of expression and digital rights of citizens online. Abid Saqi, the Pakistan Bar Council’s (PBC) vice chairman, and Syed Qalb-e-Hassan, the Supreme Court […]