What happened:

On January 13, the National Assembly Secretariat prohibited TikTokers, YouTubers, and other social media influencers from entering the Parliament House.

Previously:

The decision was made in response after unauthorised YouTubers/social media influencers misbehaved with lawmakers. The incident took place at Gate No. 1 of Parliament House on December 23, 2022.

The Press Reporters Association was also informed of it. They maintained that it was only accountable to its members while distancing itself from the influencers.

What else:

Asif Bashir Chaudhry, the secretary general of the PRA, stated that the organisation opposed any form of restrictions on citizen journalists. They assured their belief that all Pakistanis, not only journalists, are entitled to freedom of expression.

What’s next:

A valid session card and a PID are required for entry to Parliament House for social media influencers who are interested in covering the House’s proceedings.

More:

In the past, Karachi police arrested fictitious police officers at uniform in the New Karachi Industrial Area, along with fake employment documents. The information was discovered after the policemen who seemed suspicious were stopped for a cursory inspection. The police officers who conducted the inquiry found that all of the men were TikTokers and were out and about in uniform while recording videos for social media.

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