Pakistan’s army is behind an unprecedented clampdown on the media

Pakistan’s army is behind an unprecedented clampdown on the mediaUpon superficial inspection, Pakistan’s market for expression is enjoying a golden age. This is a still a land of broadsheet newspapers, in both Urdu and English. Television channels only multiply. The country hardly lacks for people with a point of view, with regiments of columnists and teeming opinion-formers on social media. This picture of a thriving, […]

Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social media

Govt to establish new watchdog to regulate TV, print, social mediaISLAMABAD: Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry has said the government while disbanding Pemra has decided to establish Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority, which will simultaneously regulate electronic and print media as well as social media. “In Pakistan, media enjoys freedom and is effective too as it can be compared with that of any developed […]

Challenges in the cyberworld

Challenges in the cyberworldInventions are being made all the time everywhere, but the invention that has truly changed the lives of everybody on the planet whether they know it or not is the internet. The rise and rise of social media and the freedom of expression that goes with it has already challenged a number of governments that feel threatened by such […]

Cybercrime bill rushed through committee despite criticism

Cybercrime bill rushed through committee despite criticismOn 17 September, 2015 Pakistan Standing Committee of National Assembly on Information Technology second time hurriedly cleared the draft of the controversial “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015” and sent it to the National Assembly for final approval despite widespread criticism by freedom of expression and civic liberties groups. According to the draft bill, it […]

Media urged to promote democracy

Media urged to promote democracyKARACHI: Former president and PPP co-chairman Asif Ali Zardari has said the media should promote democracy wholeheartedly so that Pakistan makes rapid progress. Speaking as chief guest at the inaugural ceremony of a conference organised by the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) at the Governor House on […]

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