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SC takes notice of objectionable content on YouTube

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took notice of objectionable content on YouTube and issued notices to the Attorney General and the foreign ministry over the matter. 
A three-member bench of the apex court comprising Justice Mushir Alam, Justice Amin-ud-Din Khan and Justice Qazi Muhammad Amin took notice while hearing the case of a man, Shaukat Ali, involved in a sectarian crime.
At the outset of hearing, the court objected to unregulated content on social media, particularly comments regarding the judiciary, the armed forces and the government. The bench stated that the public was being instigated against state institutions through social media videos.
Justice Qazi Amin said that the court had no objection over the freedom of expression. Whether the action was taken against those who committed the crime, he questioned.
He asked if the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA) had noticed the content that was being uploaded on YouTube.
He said that the families of judges were not being spared from criticism on YouTube and other social media networks.
Justice Qazi Amin said the court gave a verdict yesterday and today it was there on YouTube as everyone acted like an expert on social media.
He said that the public could speak regarding judges performance and decisions but the constitution also gave the right to the privacy of personal life. “We are showing patience but this has to come to an end,” he added.
He said try uploading content against America and the European Union and then see what happened.
The PTA representative stated that the authority could not remove content posted by individuals and they could only report it.
Justice Mushir Alam said that YouTube had been banned in several countries as social media platforms were controlled by local laws in those countries.
Later, hearing of the case was adjourned till date in office.

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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.