PCP seeks measures to protect Geo, media houses

ISLAMABAD: The Press Council of Pakistan (PCP) has written a letter to Chief Commissioner and Inspector General of Police Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) to take appropriate action and provide proper security to media houses, especially Geo, which is under attack for many days. The PCP told the authorities that the freedom of press, free flow …

Draft of ‘Right to Information’ law finalised

ISLAMABAD: Parliamentarians from across the political divide have succeeded in drafting a very powerful Right to Information (RTI) law which, if passed, will change the information landscape of the country. The draft “Right to Information Act, 2014”, a copy of which is available with The News, not only binds the government to share information about …

No transparency, no information

Transparency Access

Worthy legislation is one thing, getting it implemented quite another. There is much to applaud in the passing of the Punjab Right to Transparency and Information Bill in December 2013, but since the bill came on to the statute books precious little has been done to implement it. The government has not reserved any funds …

FCCI hails Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act

FAISALABAD: Punjab Transparency and Right to Information Act, 2013 (RTI) is a positive step towards a transparent, efficient and publicly acceptable governance system in Punjab, said Engr. Suhail Bin Rashid, President Faisalabad Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FCCI). He was chairing the first ‘RTI Baithak’ organized by Beacon house University on ‘Role of Civil Society …

Proposals about right to information body hailed

ISLAMABAD: The Consumer Rights Commission of Pakistan (CRCP) has welcomed the proposals of the National Assembly’s Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting regarding establishment of an independent and autonomous information commission at the federal level and providing legal protection to whistleblowers. A statement issued by CRCP secretary general Mian Abrar Hafeez praised the committee and …