Digital Rights Foundation's held it's annual National Privacy Conference bringing together experts from the field to reflect on the state of privacy rights and violations in Pakistan.
The government has decided to consult all stakeholders including media associations over the PECA Ordinance, the AG told IHC on Thursday.
Punjab Assembly Speaker Pervaiz Elahi will hold negotiations with media representatives over proposing safeguards in PECA Ordinance, announced Fawad Chaudhary as more media associations mount a court challenge to the controversial law.
Lawyers, journalists and civil society organisations have reacted strongly to Prime Minister Imran Khan's defence of the controversial cybercrime ordinance in his address to the nation, saying that it seems the premiere was unaware of all facts in this regard.
The IHC on Thursday rejected a Govt proposal to establish an oversight panel to prevent arbitrary arrests under Section 20 of the Pakistan Electronic Crimes Act Amendment Ordinance saying it has no hesitation in calling it a draconian law.
A presidential ordinance has increased the punishment of online defamation to five years while setting a six-month timeframe for concluding trials. The federal law minister claimed the amendments in cybercrime law were made to curb ‘fake news’ while the opposition, journalists and digital rights activists termed it an attempt to gag dissent.
The state of digital media freedoms in Pakistan remained vulnerable to regulatory pressures and threats