IHC seeks federation’s reply over social media rules legality

ISLAMABAD: While issuing notices to the federation in response to a plea claiming provisions of Social Media Rules 2020 were curbing constitutionally guaranteed freedoms, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has asked the Attorney General for Pakistan (AGP) and others to submit a reply by January 25, 2021, on the matter.

Challenging Social Media Rules (Removal and Blocking of Unlawful Online Content (Procedure, Oversight and Safeguards), Rules 2020 and constitutionality of Section 37(1) of the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (PECA), Advocate Usama Khawar Ghumman submitted that such rules indiscriminately violated constitutionally-secured freedom of speech and expression, the right to access to information, the right to privacy, and freedom of trade, business, and profession, and right to property, of all Pakistani citizens.

Source: Pakistan Today


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