Ghani hints at issuing health cards to journalists

Ghani hints at issuing health cards to journalistsKARACHI: The newly-appointed provincial minister for Information & Archives and Labour, Saeed Ghani presided over on Wednesday his first meeting of the Information & Archives Department. Information secretary Imran Atta Soomro briefed Ghani about the functions of the department’s various directorates. Addressing the meeting, the minister said that he wanted to facilitate the print and […]

Freedom of expression, speech fundamental human rights: Zarrar

Freedom of expression, speech fundamental human rights: ZarrarLAHORE: Zarrar Said, the author of latest international fictional thrill ‘Pureland’ and a master story–teller, emphasises that freedom of expression and speech are fundamental human rights and must be protected. No one can be hated because of his or her religion, sect and race, he viewed. He expressed these views while talking to The News […]

IHC issues notice to PTA for blocking political party’s website

IHC issues notice to PTA for blocking political party’s websiteISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court has issued a notice to the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) in response to a petition filed by the left-wing Awami Workers Party (AWP) against the blocking of its official website. Chief Justice Athar Minallah admitted the petition for regular hearing following issuing arguments on its maintainability. The PTA has been […]

FIA, PTA told to block social media campaign against VVIP’s team

FIA, PTA told to block social media campaign against VVIP’s teamISLAMABAD: The interior ministry has identified five organisations involved in running a social media campaign against the visit of a VVIP’s delegation to Pakistan. A communication has been sent by the ministry to all provincial chief secretaries, inspectors general of police, chairman of the Pakistan Tele­communi­cation Authority (PTA) and director general of the Federal Investigation […]

Govt to crack down on social media misuse

Govt to crack down on social media misuseISLAMABAD – Federal Information Minister Chaudhry Fawad Hussain has announced to launch a major crackdown against elements using social media to propagate extremist narrative. Addressing the closing session of a training workshop for parliamentarians at the PIPS here on Wednesday, the minister said a mechanism to this effect has been prepared in consultations with the security agencies. […]

Data collection under RTI laws helps in investigation journalism

Data collection under RTI laws helps in investigation journalismKarachi, Feb 8:  For better investigative stories it is necessary for reporters to gather important data from related departments using the laws of right to information, said PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali. Speaking to the participants of a training workshop on use of RTI Act, he said these laws have ensured more transparency and […]