E-Bulletin For January 2017

Jan 2017

Jan 04: Bloggers Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed went missing from Lahore.

Jan 06: Salman Haider, a professor at Fatima Jinnah University in Islamabad and social media activist, is reported went missing from Banigala in Islamabad and Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan ordered inquiry into his disappearance.

Jan 07: Social activist Samar Abbas, who is president of Civil Progressive Alliance Pakistan (CPAP), has reportedly gone missing from the federal capital.

Jan 08: Blogger Ahmed Raza Naseer is reported missing, relatives said.

Jan 10: Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan tells the Senate that the government is not in business of making disappearances of leading bloggers in the country. He was responding to concerns over a number of bloggers’ missing since January 4.

Jan 13: Unidentified assailants shot dead 37-year-old part-time journalist Muhammad Jan Sumalani in Kalat. . He was working Daily Qudrat and Daily Talar, Quetta. However, the motive for Jan’s killing is not yet clear.

Jan 22: Dawn media group reports cyber-attack as personal accounts of social media of some staffers of the group were attempted to access.

Jan 26: PEMRA bans Bol TV host Dr Aamir Liaqat for “hate speech” in his programme.

Jan 26: Senior crime reporter Mazhar Sheikh is reported missing from Rawalpindi and Rawalpindi Union of Journalists called on the Punjab government to recover the journalist at the earliest.

Jan 27: PEMRA puts Bol TV on notice for flouting ban order of the regulating authority after Dr Aamir Liaqat was found violating code of ethics, charged with inciting people to violence.

Jan 27: Tribal police maltreat tribal journalists Sajid Ali Kukikhel

Jan 27: Blogger and human rights activist Salman Haider returned home after went missing early this month, family and police confirm.

Jan 28: On directive of Anti-Terrorism Court in Karachi, police registered FIR against Mir Shakilur Rehman, owner of Jang media group, PEMRA chief Absar Alam, two Geo News anchor Najam Sethi and Muneeb Farooq. The FIR was lodged after a complainant, Gul Khan, said Najam Sethi and Muneeb Farooq “hatched conspiracy by hurling baseless allegations against the military, the government and the judiciary.

Jan 29: Two social media activists – Asim Saeed and Waqas Goraya – returned home after disappeared on January 4, their families confirmed.

Jan 29: Authorities in Gilgit-Baltistan issued notices to three newspapers in Gilgit – K2, Ausaf and monthly magazine Kargil – for publishing news stories against the Gilgit-Baltistan government.

Jan 30: Satirical publication “Khabaristan Times” announced its website was blocked in Pakistan. http://www.dawn.com/news/1311656/satire-website-khabaristan-times-blocked-in-pakistan

Jan 31: PEMRA issues notice to Bol News channel over content of Dr Shahid Masood’s show. http://www.dawn.com/news/1311836/pemra-issues-notice-to-bol-television-over-dr-shahid-masoods-show

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