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Source:  http://tns.thenews.com.pk/future-regulator-pemra-in-pakistan/#.U5frySgp-fQ   Pemra has failed to move with the world Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) emerged in 2002 at a time when the world was moving from vertical regulation of ‘media and telecom sectors’ to horizontal regulation of ‘broadcast and communications.’ In 2000 Johannesburg established the Independent Communications Authority of South Africa (ICASA) to simultaneously “regulate communications, broadcast and postal services sector.” In 2003, the UK merged its five media and telecom authorities into one Office of Communication (Ofcom) to regulate “TV and radio sectors, fixed line telecoms, mobiles, postal services, plus the airwaves over which wireless devices operate.” The
Dear all, I would appreciate some information about the practice in your countries regarding transparency of transfer pricing agreements that multi-national corporations sign with the tax authorities to avoid expensive dispute resolution processes for determining the amount of tax payable to the Government.   India has started signing unilateral Advanced Pricing Agreements with multi-national corporations this year onwards. These agreements explain the tax calculation method to which both signatories to the agreement agree for a fixed period subject to no change in the critical assumptions made in the agreement. Another 140 companies have applied for such agreements with the Income Tax authorities here.   Are such agreements accessible under the FOI/ATI/RTI laws of your countries to
Indian Express reports in http://indianexpress.com/article/cities/pune/pending-cases-mount-at-state-human-rights-panel/ Since 2001, and till February 2014, as many as 15,266 cases had been filed before the Maharashtra State Human Rights Commission (MSHRC), but the panel has been able to disposed of less than a thousand of them. As many as 14,285 cases are still pending, documents accessed under the Right to Information (RTI) have revealed. Constituted under the Protection of Human Rights Act, 1993, the MSHRC, headed by Justice B R Bannurmath, looks into the various cases of violation of human rights. Refusal of the police to file FIR, alleged action by the police, denial of human rights of HIV/AIDS infected people, custodial deaths and other kinds of complaints are looked into by the com
Friday, 24 January 2014 10:12

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Dear all, Our News digest for RTI-related stories from South Asia is attached. Apologies for the delay as Aneesha who compiles this every month was busy with her exams. She is back now and we have a new improved news digest with an Index. We received many suggestions from readers for categorising these stories. As all of them could not be incorporated in one static MS Word document, we decided that indexing the document for key words would be the next best thing to do. However due to the shortcoming of the software itself the indexing function discriminates between similar words beginning with lower case and upper case. So we have tried out best to make the Indexing sensible given the drawbacks of the software. India tops the list of countries with strong RTI laws We would like to also
Thursday, 23 January 2014 10:17

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      The Ugandan press freedom environment did not undergo any significant changes in 2012, as journalists continued to face intimidation and harassment from state and non-state actors. The media operated in a tense atmosphere as the government sought to rein in protests demanding financial accountability. Government officials often accused media houses of helping to incite violence by giving airtime to voices of dissent. Verbal threats from officials, including the president, engendered self-censorship, especially among less prominent rural media outlets. Despite these obstacles, the independent media remained vibrant, and many continued to thrive commercially. Moreover, Ugandan courts exercised a degree of independence, throwing out criminal cases brought against journalists by th