E-Bulletin For October 2019

Offline Media Monitoring

Oct 01:PEMRA bans analyst HafeezullahNiazi for 30 days over defamatory comments against Azam Swati. https://www.dawn.com/news/1508396/pemra-bans-analyst-hafeezullah-niazi-for-30-days-over-defamatory-comments-against-azam-swati

Oct 04: Media bodies, APNS, CPNE, PBA and PFUJ, unanimously reject the government’s decision to set up special media tribunals in a meeting held in Islamabad. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_10_2019_003_006

Oct 10: Twitter to alert government before suspending official accounts. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=10_10_2019_014_003

Oct 17: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights will take up the crucial issues of media censorship and denial of facilities. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=17_10_2019_003_008

Oct 18:Media Censorship has been called out in real time in television. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=18_10_2019_008_002

Oct 18: The Senate Functional Committee on Human Rights formed a sub penal to fix responsibility for the undeclared censorship imposed on Pakistan’s media. https://tribune.com.pk/story/2082419/1-senate-moves-fix-responsibility-undeclared-media-censorship-pakistan/

Oct 23:Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani slams the federal government for “unannounced restrictions” on the media. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=23_10_2019_117_005

Oct 23: The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting informed that there was only ban on live coverage and no TV channel has been asked to ban a particular figure.https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/545094-only-live-coverage-on-tv-channels-banned-senate-body-told

Oct 28:PEMRA bars anchors from offering opinions in talk shows. https://www.dawn.com/news/1513365/pemra-bars-anchors-from-offering-opinions-in-talk-shows

Oct 30:PEMRA directive on anchorpersons put on hold by the Lahore High Court. https://tribune.com.pk/story/2090000/1-pemra-directive-anchorpersons-put-hold-lhc/

Oct 30:The Supreme Court defines organized plan of attacking journalist as “terrorism.”https://www.dawn.com/news/1513839/terrorism-too-widely-defined-in-anti-terrorism-act-says-sc-recommends-parliament-bring-changes

Online Media Monitoring

Oct 01: India tops list of countries which sought removal of online content, Pakistan at 8th spot

https://www.dawn.com/news/1508395/india-tops-list-of-countries-which-sought-removal-of-online-content-pakistan-at-8th-spot-report

Oct 17: A blogger from Islamabad, Suleman Farooq, goes missing. https://www.independenturdu.com/node/19091/

Oct 19: Sajid Ali has been sentenced to five years of ‘rigorous imprisonment’ for a blasphemous post on Facebook under PECA and Section 298-A of PPC. https://t.co/a1mhNeRxVT(https://twitter.com/nayadaurpk/status/1185580795924287488?s=03)

Oct 25: Pakistan to install nationwide ‘web monitoring system.’https://codastory.com/authoritarian-tech/surveillance/pakistan-nationwide-web-monitoring/

 

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