Digital Rights

3 sentenced to death for sharing ‘blasphemous’ content on social media

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January 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad on Friday sentenced three to death for sharing blasphemous content on social media while a fourth accused was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment.

IHC hears petition seeking ban on Netflix

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January 6th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; In a petition filed before the IHC petitioner, Tariq Asad asserts that if Netflix fails to remove the 'sacrilegious' movie the website should be banned in the country altogether- much like the Youtube Ban of 2012.

Pakistan among five most deadliest countries for journalists in 2020: RSF

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50 journalists worldwide attacked and killed during 2020; Pakistan among top 5 worst countries.

IHC asks PTA to consult stakeholders over social media rules

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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 maligned in FIA challan’: lawyers

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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.

Big tech outlines objections to social media rules in new letter...

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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.

Ishaq Dar interview: PEMRA issues notices to channels after uproar

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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.

Big tech threaten pullout saying new rules violate users’ privacy and...

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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.

فیس بک نے فریب دہی کے لیے استعمال ہونے والےآٹھ ہزار...

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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۔

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International Stories

UN experts laud Pakistan for commuting death sentences of mentally ill inmates.

February 19th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; United Nations’ experts on human rights have lauded Pakistan’s Supreme Court for commuting the death sentence of three mentally challenged inmates. The body has also called upon judiciaries worldwide to follow the example set by the SC of Pakistan.

Sri Lanka govt timed Pak PM visit for OIC support: SAHR

February 18th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; SAHR on Thursday criticized the Sri Lanka government for timing Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s visit on 22nd February in bid to garner support of OIC states in face of UN Human Rights Council resolution against the island nation.

Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

January 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA/LAHORE; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A statement by the Afghan Embassy revealed that a person named Rasul had survived the Mach Incident and is currently being held by the Balochistan Police.