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Acting Governor Punjab signs controversial defamation bill into law

The controversial bill that garnered immense criticism, particularly from journalists and digital rights activists

Acting Governor Punjab Saturday signed the controversial defamation bill into law!

As reported, the controversial Punjab Defamation Bill, 2024, became law after acting Governor Punjab Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan signed it.

Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan currently holds the position of acting governor in the absence of Punjab Governor Sardar Salim Khan, as per the sources.

The defamation bill will come into force after being officially published in the government gazette.

The new law will apply to print, electronic, and social media.

According to the bill, defamation cases can be filed against the spread of false and inaccurate news stories.

The provisions of this Defamation Bill will also apply to the spread of fake news through platforms like YouTube and social media.

Specialized tribunals will be established to hear defamation cases under the new bill, while cases against individuals holding constitutional positions can be heard by a High Court bench.

These tribunals will be required to decide on the cases within 6 months.

The bill also provides for compensation of up to 3 million rupees.

On May 20, the provincial assembly passed the Punjab Defamation Bill, 2024 amid a strong and noisy protest by the opposition as well as immense backlash from journalists and rights bodies including those based internationally.

Saman Siddiqui

I am a freelance journalist, holding a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and an MS in Peace and Conflict Studies, associated with the electronic media industry since 2006 in various capacities. Here at OyeYeah, I cover a range of genres, from journalism to fiction to fashion, including reviews, and fact findings. 

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