E-Bulletin For November 2017

November 2017

Nov 01: Dalbandin press club in Balochistan was shut down after threats from Balochistan Liberation Front demanding media should report their activities as government is implementing a court order to put ban on banned groups’ activities.

Nov 02: Panjgur press club in Balochistan was closed for “security reasons” after threats from two banned Baloch militant groups demanding media coverage which is disallowed by provincial government to implement a court order.

Nov 03: After looming threats, Lasbela, Utal, Kharan and Sarawan press clubs in Balochistan are closed down following meetings by their office-bearers taking stock of security threats.

Nov 04: A meeting of Kalat Press Club’s elected cabinet under president Mir Ahmed Yar Khan in the chair decided to close down the press club and suspend journalistic activities for “security reasons” as two banned Baloch groups threatened media for “lack of coverage.”

Nov 04: Islamabad register kidnapping case against senior TV journalist Hamid Mir after Islamabad High Court entertains a petition from widow of late ISI official Khalid Khawaja. https://www.dawn.com/news/1368521/journalist-hamid-mir-booked-in-kidnapping-case

Nov 07: Khuzdar press club is closed keeping in looking security threats after two banned Baloch groups issued threats to media blaming it for “ignoring” the groups’ activities.

Nov 07: A two-member bench of Peshawar High Court in Bannu district dismissed appeals of family of murdered journalist Ayub Khattak and acquitted the accused.

Nov 13: The UN General Assembly’s Third Committee has adopted two resolutions reinforcing the responsibility of states to protect human rights online, specifically for journalists and human rights defenders. http://undocs.org/A/C.3/72/L.35/Rev.1

Nov 20: Senate Chairman Raza Rabbani inaugurates “Martyred Journalists Monument” on premises of National Press Club in Islamabad to pay homage to journalists who were killed in line of duty in Pakistan.

Nov 21: TV journalist Hamid Mir secures bail before arrest from a local court in Islamabad after after Islamabad High Court entertains a petition from widow of late ISI official Khalid Khawaja. The journalist denies the charges.

Nov 22: Protesters at the Faizabad sit-in beat up two photojournalists – Muhammad Asim of Dawn and Jehangir Chaudhary of Daily Jang – and tried to snatch their cameras while they were trying to capture images of an attack on police. https://www.dawn.com/news/1372331/photojournalists-attacked-by-faizabad-protesters

Nov 24: Paramilitary Frontier Corps force detained five journalists after a magnetic bomb planted beneath the car they were riding in in Landikotal town in Khyber tribal district. Four of them were freed after 12 hours while the fifth still detained. The force also took away an employee of Landikotal Press Club for investigation. The detained journalists included Khalil Afridi of Khyber News channel, Farhad Shinwari of Mashaal Radio, Mehrab Shah Afridi of Tribal News Network, Umar Shinwari of Pakistan Television channel and Imran Khattak of Khabran newspaper.

Nov 25: PEMRA orders taking 24/7 current and news channels off cable network across Pakistan hours after police began crackdown on protestors near Islamabad. Twitter, Facebook and YouTube access was also denied. Internet could only work to send emails and mobile social contacting application WhatsApp was working.

Nov 25: Thirteen photojournalists, cameramen and reporters of TV channels were injured during coverage of government action against activists of religious group in Islamabad. Some cameramen and photojournalists lost equipment as well. Activists also damaged Samaa and Aaj TV channels’ DSNG vans. These activists also “tortured” Jahangir Chaudhry of daily Jang and Muhammad Asim of Dawn.

Nov 25: Activists of a religious group beat up Geo News channel’s reporter Ahmed Faraz at The Mall while covering their protest against the government.

Nov 26: Two senior reporters of Geo News channel Tariq Abul Hasan and Talha Hashmi received injuries at Sohrab Goth flyer after returning from coverage of protest through his mobile phone.

Nov 28: Paramilitary authorities free tribal journalist Khalil Afridi after he was detained along with four other journalists in Landikotal town of Khyber tribal district on November 24.

Nov 28: Aleem Haider Zaidi of Such TV channel survives attack on his life today in Kohat district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province when unidentified gunmen opened fire. Cause of attack is not yet determined.

 

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