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PM Endorses Establishment of Digital Rights Agency for Social Media Oversight

Digital Rights Agency

Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has given the green light to a significant overhaul in the regulation of social media, endorsing amendments to the PECA (Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act) Act of 2016 and the establishment of the Digital Rights Protection Agency.

With the Cabinet’s stamp of approval on the proposed amendments to the PECA Bill, the legislation is poised for presentation in Parliament, marking a pivotal step towards enhanced oversight of digital platforms.

Under the purview of the Ministry of IT, the implementation of the Digital Rights Protection Agency will be closely monitored, ensuring swift and effective execution of its mandate.

Central to the agency’s function is the provision of expert consultation to the government on matters concerning digital rights, reflecting a commitment to informed policymaking in the rapidly evolving digital landscape.

The establishment of this robust regulatory body marks a decisive move towards better governance of online content, with the Digital Rights Authority assuming the mantle of overseeing digital platforms and ensuring compliance with established regulations.

Empowered to investigate infringements of the law within the realm of social media, the Digital Rights Authority will wield authority to take appropriate action against those found in violation of the revised PECA law.

This includes the ability to summon and interrogate individuals implicated in digital rights transgressions, underlining the agency’s proactive approach to enforcement.

By instituting stringent measures to uphold digital rights and combat online misconduct, the government aims to foster a safer and more accountable digital environment for all users.

This initiative underscores a commitment to striking a balance between freedom of expression and the imperative to safeguard against digital threats and abuses.

In ushering in these reforms, Prime Minister Shebaz Sharif’s administration demonstrates a resolve to confront the multifaceted challenges of the digital age while upholding fundamental principles of justice, security, and individual liberties.

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