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Call to leave Pakistan Facebook, Google, Twitter, know the reason




Call to leave Pakistan Facebook, Google, Twitter, know the reason
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A few days after Tiktok was temporarily banned for ‘immoral and obscene’ content, the Pakistani government has again passed a strict law. Due to this law, various internet and technology companies like Facebook, Twitter, Apple are threatening to leave Pakistan. Note that this law will result in strict censorship of digital content. Violation of the rules can result in fines.

Terms of the new law

Under the new rules, media companies or Internet service providers could be fined 3.14 million for sharing content that is offensive to Islam, encourages terrorism, hate speech, pornography or harmful to national security. Not only that, Pakistan’s DAWN newspaper wrote, social media companies will be obliged to provide any information or data in a “decrypted, readable and comprehensible format” to Pakistan’s investigating agency. The Pakistani government also demanded that social media companies set up local offices in Pakistan. They have to register with the PTA within nine months. Within 18 months they will have to set up a permanent office and database server in Pakistan.

Coalition response

After the passage of this law, big global technology companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter, Amazon, Apple together formed a platform called ‘Asia Internet Coalition’. The coalition threatened to leave Pakistan on Wednesday after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan increased the powers of the media regulator, the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority (PTA).

The Coalition has strongly opposed the law. “These difficult conditions of data localization will prevent people from accessing free and open internet and keep Pakistan’s digital economy below the rest of the world,” the coalition said. They also said that the new law would make it difficult for Pakistani users to maintain their services.

However, no response was received from the Khan government. Earlier, his office said that the government had enacted the law after delays in removing anti-Pakistan, pornographic and divisive content from social media sites since 2016. Under the new law, social media websites will be required to remove any such offensive content within 24 hours of being reported by the Pakistani authorities. Delays in removing offensive content will result in penalties.

The Pakistani government, however, offered to reach an understanding after receiving threats from the coalition. But no meeting has been held yet. According to the coalition, the loss will be borne by Pakistan. As a result, it will be difficult for them to get investment from the world market.

Incidentally, censorship on digital content is nothing new in Islamic countries. In 2016, the Bangladesh government also passed a notorious law called the ‘Digital Security Act’. The law is still being used to stifle anti-government voices. The government of Pakistan is also going to restrict the freedom of expression through digital.


It’s official: Andrew Scott is the greatest actor of our generation




It’s official: Andrew Scott is the greatest actor of our generation

Andrew Scott: do I want to be him, snog him, or just watch everything he ever appears in? I think it’s all three. Either way, from now on I’m going to ask everyone I meet if they agree that he is the greatest actor of our generation. If they don’t, sorry, we cannot be friends.

Not everyone loved the BBC’s lavish adaptation of Nancy Mitford’s The Pursuit of Love (I did), but everyone who watched it agreed on one thing: Scott, who played louche bright young thing Lord Merlin, lit up every second of his screen time. As we watched him dancing to T-Rex in silk pyjama suit with a harem of beautiful people following him around, we wanted to have a pyjama party in his honour.

He became a legend of this nation as Fleabag’s Hot Priest, the gin and tonic-drinking clergyman who ensured that the second series of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s hit show was even better than the first. It was an emotional rollercoaster: we sobbed and got hot under the dog collar. Paloma Faith spoke for us all when she infamously told Scott on the Graham Norton sofa that she’d needed “alone time” after watching the show.


But we bow down to him as the very best actor we have right now because of a long career of stellar performances, elevated by his own personal life philosophy. “Acting without humour is bad manners – it’s not the way human beings work,” he said last year in an interview for Elizabeth Day’s How To Fail podcast. That’s the key to his brilliance: he brings both humanity and levity to all of his characters.

The first time I ever saw him was on stage in Birdland at the Royal Court, back in 2014 as a rock star going off the rails in a metallic jacket. He’d already played Moriarty in Sherlock by then and won a Bafta for being the best thing in the show, but I had no idea who he was (I don’t watch things about men who are really good at doing maths in their heads). I still remember sitting at the back of the circle and thinking: that man is a star. His performance was vintage Scott: manic charisma, sexy but in a way that felt a bit dangerous, all with a vulnerable tenderness at its heart.

Fleabag finds religion in season 2 – but is it enough to save her? / BBC

He’s an actor who can do the biggies. In 2017 he played Hamlet, making the prince into a sensitive man whose life has become unmoored by grief. I saw the nearly four hour running time of Robert Icke’s production and went to the theatre with a visceral sense of martyrdom, but Scott made it feel like it wasn’t long enough. It was the first time I’d watched Hamlet and not fallen asleep; usually I wake up and everyone on the stage is dead. But Scott made it so that I could understand every word he was saying… suddenly I understood why everyone else liked it so much.

And as Garry Essendine in Noel Coward’s Present Laughter in 2019, he picked up a host of gongs including Best Actor at our Evening Standard Theatre Awards. Not only did his hilarious performance light up our summer, but the production had an important political meaning too, allowing the queer subtext in Coward’s work to be openly expressed. As Scott himself said in his acceptance speech, “I think sometimes [Coward is] accused of being a dusty old playwright but he smuggles through comedy really modern ideas about sexuality and gender. He sort of says it’s okay to live a life that’s less ordinary.”

We feel like we could have a deep and meaningful with him at 2am in a toilet

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But whatever he’s in, he always becomes the bit you never forget. Psychotic taxi driver in Black Mirror? Tick. Upper class World War One officer getting through the trauma with gallows humour in 1917? Tick. Welsh bookshop owner disowned by his family for being gay, who made us cry every tear in our body in Pride? Tick. Priest who would make you hotfoot to confession (even though you are an atheist) in Fleabag? As we know, tick, tick, tick.

His next project is playing Tom Ripley in a new mega-series about Patricia Highsmith’s enigmatic con artist, alongside Johnny Flynn and Dakota Fanning, and we already know Scott will make us forget every other Ripley depiction we’ve ever seen – apols Matt Damon.

It’s not just his first class acting chops, though. Scott has an electric quality to him that makes us feel intimately connected to him. Who else could have us hanging off his every ‘to be or not to be’ and also make us feel like we could have a deep and meaningful with him at 2am in a toilet?

Give Scott an Oscar. Give him a knighthood. Give him our phone numbers. Give him everything. We pledge allegiance to the way of the Scott.

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