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Pakistan to curb 'hate speech' on social media

IANS  |  Islamabad 

The government plans will crack down on "hate speech" on social from next week and set up a new authority, which will enforce regulations for the digital, print and electronic media, Information said here on Wednesday.

"We have created a mechanism through which we will control on social The problem is the digital is taking over and it is important to regulate it," Chaudhry said.

The said a working group, with representatives of the (FIA) and other security agencies, had been set up to regulate platforms, Geo News reported.

The government was planning a new body, Media Regulatory Authority, which would enforce regulations for the digital, print and

"We will monitor and work to eliminate fake accounts. People who violate Pakistan's cyber laws will be prosecuted. We want to encourage discourse and debate in the Pakistani society but that is not possible if people threaten each other over differences of opinion."

According to Chaudhry, several arrests have been made this week based on misuse of to issue fatwas and spread extremist narrative.

"In the next and coming weeks, you will ensure a strict crackdown on this. People will not be allowed to vent their extremist narrative on social media."

Meanwhile, Newspaper Editors in a statement said every had its specific issues, nature and operating methods and handling all with one single law would be akin to ignoring ground realities, reported the Express Tribune.



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First Published: Wed, February 13 2019. 16:50 IST