50 journalists worldwide attacked and killed during 2020; Pakistan among top 5 worst countries.
December 19th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed Pakistan Telecommunication Authority's (PTA) to hold a meaningful dialogue with all stakeholders over the newly-introduced social media rules in the country.
Meesha's legal team has reacted to the reporting by FIA that she was held ‘guilty’ saying it is for the court to decide whether she is guilty or not.
December 11th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a new letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, big technology firms have outlined their objections to the social media rules in the country, renewing calls for a credible consultation with the gove6rnment.
December 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Following criticism from journalists and PFUJ, PEMRA has issued show-cause notices to news channels for broadcasting excerpts of former federal minister Ishaq Dar’s interview despite a ban on broadcasting speeches of proclaimed offenders.
November 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In its reaction to recently notified social media rules, a coalition of big technology firms has warned of pulling out of the country saying the PTA will force social media companies to violate established human rights norms on privacy and freedom of expression.
بیرورپورٹ; لاہور; فیس بک نے کہا ہے کہ اس نے جعلی اکاؤنٹس اور صفحات کے سات علیحدہ نیٹ ورکس کو ختم کردیا ہے جو ایران ، افغانستان ، مصر ، ترکی ، مراکش ، میانمار ، جارجیا اور یوکرین میں "مربوط غیر مستند رویے" کی وجہ سے سرگرم تھے۔
October 24th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Big technology firms reiterate objections to the recently ratified social media rules saying the lack of transparency in its formulation was causing international companies to re-evaluate willingness to operate in the country.
October 23rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Federal Ministry of Informational Technology is holding consultations to finalise a draft of the country’s first-ever Personal Data Protection Bill 2020 but digital rights organisations say the proposed law still gives greater control to government rather than to citizens who should have undisputed control of their online personal data and privacy.
October 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; TikTok has removed about 6.4 million videos from Pakistan in the first six months of this year as PTA lifts a ten-day ban on the platform over indecent content.