Govt urged to withdraw ‘curbs’ on social media

ISLAMABAD: As criticism of the government over new social media regulations continues, the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) urged the government to reconsider its decision.

The HRCP has expressed concern over the rules under which the curbs on social media will enable the designated authorities to control freedom of expression and opinion in the guise of protecting ‘religious, cultural, ethnic and national security sensitivities’.

It supported the PFUJ over its criticism of the government move and called for withdrawal of these curbs.

Pakistan Peoples Party leader Raza Rabbani has also sought the examination of the proposed rules on the touchstone of law.