Digital Rights

Digital media advertising policy sent for approval

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News websites must be locally-based and should be operational for over six months to receive government advertisements under the proposed policy

AIC expresses alarm over ‘regressed’ social media rules

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The AIC on Monday published a statement expressing its regret that the latest draft of the Government's social media rules retains its most problematic provisions even after consultations with relevant stakeholders.

SHC temporarily bans tiktok till July 8 against ‘LGBT campaign’

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July 28th, 2021; Staff Report; LAHORE; The Sindh High Court based on one-sided arguments has directed the federal govt to ban Tik Tok in the country till July 8, over claims it was running an LGBT Pride Month campaign.

PHC lifts ban on TikTok

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April 1st, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Peshawar High Court on Thursday ordered restoration of services of the popular short video sharing platform, TikTok, following a 20-day ban over ‘objectionable content’.

Ban on TikTok: Pakistan will pay a high price, say activists...

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March 13th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Digital rights organizations and a federal minister have criticized a court ban on the TikTok app over alleged obscene content in the country saying Pakistan may have to pay a high price over such measures.

PFUJ condemns mob attack on Geo’s Karachi office

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The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have condemned the attack on Geo TV in Karachi, when on Sunday a mob ransacked the channel's office over alleged ethnic slurs made by a host in a satire show against the Sindhi community.

Women’s Action Forum condemns ‘unconstitutional’ RTI Amendment Bill 2021

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The Act from 2017 was never fully implemented but this move is a blatant attempt to stop citizens from exercising their right to know. WAF states that those who have moved the Bill seem not to know the role of a parliament in a democracy.

Child porn ring: suspect arrested on Interpol tipoff being probed: FIA

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February 8th, 2021  By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE;A suspect arrested on a tip from Interpol is being investigated for links with international child pornography ring, an official from the Federal Investigation Agency told Voicepk.net on Monday.Speaking to Voicepk.net, Muhammad Iqbal, deputy director of FIA, Gujranwala, said the agency had arrested the suspect from Sialkot for sharing pornographic videos and pictures of children on social media platforms and the dark web. He said information about the suspect was received from Italy though the Interpol. “Acting on the tip-off, we located the suspect and arrested him along with a laptop and cell phone,” Iqbal said, adding that dozens of child porn videos were found on the seized equipment.

PM’s Advisor Moeed Yousaf says “Imran Khan wants 3G 4G services...

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January 21st, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; “The PM understands the necessity of highspeed internet in the modern-age but his govt is trying to balance the “risks” involved," says PM's National Security advisor Yusaf Moeed.

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