E-Bulletin For March 2017

March 2017

March 06: The Supreme Court allowed anchorperson Dr Aamir Liaquat Hussain to continue with his controversial show “Aisay Nahi Chalay Ga,” but with certain restrictions. https://www.dawn.com/news/1318935/sc-conditionally-allows-airing-of-tv-show

March 07: Islamabad High Court directs authorities to block all social media if necessary after hearing a case about online “blasphemous content.” https://tribune.com.pk/story/1348784/ihc-directs-authorities-block-social-media-necessary/

March 09: Federal interior minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan threatens to block social media over “blasphemous content”  https://www.dawn.com/news/1319431

March 13: Sindh Assembly enacts Right to Information law becoming the third province after Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to have this law and Balochistan remains to enact similar law. https://www.dawn.com/news/1320231/sindh-assembly-unanimously-approves-right-to-information-bill-2016

March 16: Facebook will send delegation to Pakistan to take up issue of “blasphemous content” after Islamabad High Court asked the government to remove the controversial content immediately. http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-39300821

March 17: Government places ad in mainstream print media to warm citizens against violating certain laws while exercising the right-to-expression. http://epaper.dawn.com/Advt.php?StoryImage=17_03_2017_002_004

March 17: Islamabad High Court orders PEMRA to monitor media content after taking up petition about “blasphemous content” on social media. https://www.dawn.com/news/1321057/ihc-orders-pemra-chairman-to-monitor-tv-channels-for-obscene-content

March 19: March 19: Govt spends Rs.11b on ads in three years. http://nation.com.pk/national/18-Mar-2017/govt-spent-rs11b-on-ads-in-three-years-na-told

March 19: FIA registers cases under blasphemy and anti-terrorism laws. https://twitter.com/omar_quraishi/status/845315908830609409/photo/1

March 20: PEMRA slaps three-day ban on “Zara Hat Kay” programme of Dawn News channel for discussing a reference pending before the Supreme Judicial Council.

March 20: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority says it blocked over 900 websites of banned organizations under National Action Plan. https://www.dawn.com/news/1321734/pta-blocks-over-900-web-addresses-linked-to-banned-organisations-under-nap

March 24: Federal Investigation Agency says it arrested three persons in connection with blasphemous content on Facebook. https://www.dawn.com/news/1322531/fia-arrests-three-in-social-media-blasphemy-case

March 30: Federal Minister for Religious Affairs Sardar Yousaf said more than 500 websites were “blocked” for “blasphemous content.” http://www.bbc.com/urdu/pakistan-39451826

March 31: PEMRA slaps five-day ban on “Geo Pakistan” morning show of Geo News channel for “objectionable content.” https://tribune.com.pk/story/1370380/pemra-slaps-5-day-ban-geo-pakistan-airing-objectionable-content/

 

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