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 […]

Pakistani journalists, activists faced increasing hostility in 2015: HRW

Pakistani journalists, activists faced increasing hostility in 2015: HRWJournalists and activists in Pakistan faced an increasingly hostile climate in 2015 due to harassment, threats and violence from both the state and militant groups, according to Human Rights Watch report released on Wednesday. In the 659-page World Report 2016, which has reviewed human rights practices in more than 90 countries, HRW says the government […]

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015: Vaguely worded law may result in censorship

Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015: Vaguely worded law may result in censorshipKARACHI: As the National Assembly gears up to debate the controversial Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PEC 2015), a UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of expression has urged legislators to ensure that the bill contains clear language and does not encroach on free speech. “My real concern is if this legislation were to become law, […]

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 […]

Website of leading entertainment television channel hacked and defaced

Website of leading entertainment television channel hacked and defacedThe website “Hum TV” a leading entertainment television channel of Pakistan was hacked and defaced on 6th September. The group calling itself ‘Pakistan Cyber Attackers’ after hacking website wrote on it that vulgarity and nudity in the dramas are increasing day after day. They said these days, each and every drama has vulgar scenes in […]

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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