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Legislations: S. Media defamation

ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Saturday said that two important legislations had been sent to the Federal Cabinet for approval, which would allow the parliamentarians to participate in the election campaign and declare online defamation a punishable offense.

Under the first law, he said in a tweet, it had been proposed to allow the Parliamentarians’ participation in the election campaign.

While in the second law, it had been suggested declaring the defamation of people on social media a punishable offense.

In the law related to online public defamation, he said it had been made mandatory for the courts to decide the case within six months.

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M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.