Order to present PTA in the form of social media regulations in Pakistan
ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the PTA to come up with social media regulations in Pakistan, adding that social media has become a dangerous weapon in its remarks. According to details, a contempt of court petition was heard in the Islamabad High Court on the controversial statement of 5 anchor persons regarding the court,
Chief Justice Athar Minullah heard. During the hearing, Chairman PEMRA submitted a report in the court. In his remarks, Chief Justice Atharmanullah said that journalists have a big role to play in the supremacy of democracy and the media has a huge responsibility to raise the voice of truth. Media player poster frame There are some restrictions on the media along with freedom of expression. It is necessary to regulate the media otherwise there will be chaos in the society.
PBA, RIUJ and other journalists’ organizations have not submitted their responses. Regulations need to be formulated to regulate social media. The PTA correspondent said that the court orders have been sent to the federation by creating social media rules, on which the Chief Justice did not inquire. The Chief Justice of the High Court in his remarks said that independent social media is a big challenge for the court, social media has become a dangerous weapon. ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has directed the
PTA to come up with social media regulations. In addition, a social media company is required to “take due cognizance of the religious, cultural, ethnic and national security sensitivities of Pakistan.” (Rule 4(3).) A social media company is also required to “deploy proactive mechanisms” to ensure “prevention of live streaming through
Online Systems in Pakistan of any content in violation of any law, rule, regulation for the time being in force or instruction of the National Coordinator particularly regarding online content related to terrorism, extremism, hate speech, defamation, fake news, incitement to violence and national security.” (Rule 4(4).) “Extremism” is defined in the Rules to mean “the violent, vocal or active opposition to fundamental values of the state of Pakistan including the security, integrity or defence of Pakistan, public order, decency or morality, the rule of law, individual liberty and the mutual respect and tolerance of different faiths and beliefs.
” (Rule 2(d).) Companies must register with the PTA within three months of the rules coming into force. (Rule 5(a).) They must also establish permanent registered offices in Pakistan with a physical address located in Islamabad within three months of the rules coming into force and appoint a focal contact person who will report to the national coordinator. (Rule 5(b)–(c).) Further, they are required to establish “one or more database servers in Pakistan within twelve months of the date of publication of these Rules to record and store data and online content,
within the territorial boundaries of Pakistan for citizen data privacy.” (Rule 5(d).) Companies are also obligated to “remove, suspend or disable access to such account, online content of citizens of Pakistan residing outside its territorial boundaries and posts on online content that are involved in spreading of fake news or defamation and violates or affects the religious, cultural, ethnic, or national security sensitivities of Pakistan.”