Twitter blocked in Pakistan due to anti-Islam materials

Pakistan’s telecommunications authority has been by the government to block social media networkng website Twitter, the chairman of the authority said.

This was mandatory because of the claim that there are some materials thought offensive to the religion practiced in pakistan which is Islam.

Mohammad Yaseen said the website was blocked on Sunday because Twitter refused to remove material related to a competition on Facebook to post images of Islam’s Prophet Muhammad.

Many Muslims regard depictions of the prophet, even favorable ones, as blasphemous.

Yaseen said Facebook agreed to address Pakistan’s concerns but officials have not been able to get Twitter to do the same.

Officials from Facebook and Twitter could not immediately be reached for comment.

Pakistan blocked Facebook for about two weeks in 2010 because of a similar competition.

Solution Media and Infotech Limited :One year of fruitful service

Solution Media and InfoTech Limited; a company founded in Nigeria with focus on the showbiz industry, assured Nigerians during the celebration of their one year anniversary as a company that it has all it takes to organise a successful show.

Nigerian Artistes Tuface and MI were present for the celebration as Nigerians trooped out to grace the occasion.

Cash gifts were also given to winners of dance competition as a reward.

Nigerian Media Charged to Promote Transparent Government

Flickr Photo by Wayan Vota

The Royal Netherlands ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Bert Ronhaar says the media has a huge role to play in promoting transparent governance and accountability both in the public and private sectors through investigative journalism.

Mr Ronhaar stated this while delivering a speech at the 2011 Wole Soyinka award for investigative reporting held in Lagos.

The ambassador, who expressed worry over the rate of corruption and human rights abuse in the country, says despite the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill, the media has not done enough to check the activities of those in leadership

The 6th Wole Soyinka award for investigative journalism has been an initiative which began in 2007 to recognise journalists who have distinguished themselves in investigative reporting.

The event brought together guests from the media and diplomatic corp, and afforded them an opportunity to discuss key national issues, and the role of the media in fostering transparency in governance through unbiased reporting.

Merit awards were given to outstanding journalists in the print, online, climate change and photo journalism categories.

The winner of the investigative journalist of the year went to Mr Idris Akinboju of next newspaper, and retired Supreme Court Justice, Kayode Eso was represented with the anti-corruption defender award for his effort in promoting integrity in the judiciary.

Media veteran, Lanre Idowu got the lifetime award for journalistic excellence for his consistency and labour towards the growth of the Nigerian media.

The organisers of the event said they believe that the initiative will provide commitment to best practices in investigative journalism.

Winners for the merit award for this year went home with plaques, laptops, free internet access subscription and up to N100, 000 cash prizes each.