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November 21, 2018
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RTI Request – PTA Monitoring Mechanism

The details of the RTI request are as follows:

Code:

32

Region:

Federal

Agency/Dept:

Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA)

Question(s):

What is the mechanism in place for the monitoring of blasphemous content at PTA?  Please provide details of how the blasphemous content is being monitored online. What is the mechanism in place for such content?

Submission Date:

15 May 2017

Date of Receipt:

N/A

Status:

Completed

Response from Agency/Department

Date of Response:

24 Oct 2017

Text of Response:

PTA has developed an E-portal for Government Stakeholders to lodge complaints related to unlawful content including blasphemous. Furthermore, PTA has notified an email address info@pta.gov.pk in all major newspapers where General Public can lodge complaints regarding blasphemous content on internet. PTA has also established a dedicated Web Cell to analyze the complaints and proceed accordingly.

Complaint to Appellate Body

Complaint Filed (Y/N):

N

Date of Complaint:

N/A

MMfD Comments:

A PTA official explained that by government stakeholders PTA means government ministries, departments and law-enforcement agencies. PTA never directly answered how its web cell analyzes the content or the criteria they use for its blocking decisions.

Documents

Copy of Request:

Copy of Response:

Copy of Complaint:

N/A

For more RTI requests filed by MMfD under its Media for Transparency project, please visit the RTI requests section.

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