PTA orders restoration of social media websites

PTA orders restoration of social media websites

The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Sunday evening announced to restore social media websites across the country.

Websites including Twitter and Facebook were suspended in Pakistan at the behest of the government on Saturday.

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), earlier today (Sunday), had ordered the restoration of news channel across the country — a day after it had ordered cable operators to take all news channels off air.

The regulatory body, prior to its decision to take news channels off air, had directed media houses to ensure the security of their staff while the tense security situation persisted across the country.

PEMRA had earlier barred media from live coverage of the Islamabad Operation under the Media Code of Conduct 2015.

In a press release, the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) strongly condemned the unilateral closure of news channels by the government. The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) expressed concern over the sudden closure of television channels and their transmission.