Monthly E-Bulletin For March
March 01: An anti-terrorism court in Sindh convicts six killers of Geo News report Wali Khan Babar.
March 5: Two suspects in Express News channel attack were police encounter: Karachi police chief Javed Odho tells Express Tribune.
March 6: Sindh High Court asks convicts of Daniel Pearl murder to engage lawyer for defence against conviction.
March 6: Islamabad High Court asks PEMRA to proceed against a TV news channel for false report on suicide attack on lower courts in Islamabad on March 3.
March 7: Local journalist Shahid Mirza had a narrow escape from life attempt during a violent attack on Urdu Daily Changari at central Shaheed Chowk in Mirpur of Azad Kashmir by a group of youth of Pakistan Muslim League (N) enraged by the journalist’s articles.
March 9: Samaa TV channel’s bureau in Quetta, provincial capital of Balochistan, receives bomb hoax call. BDS combed office finding no bomb. Staff scared. A little known Baloch group made the call.
March 13: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has introduced a bill in legislative assembly seeking establishment of journalists welfare endowment fund.
March 16: Federal Information minister Pervez Rasheed says government may lift ban on YouTube after required filtration system was put in place to censor unwanted websites and contents.
March 19: A bomb was diffused outside Express News Peshawar bureau chief Jamshed Baghwan’s house in Murshidabad area of Peshawar, late on Wednesday night (March 19), Express News reported.
March 19: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif announced setting up a commission for safety and security of journalists in Pakistan, a demand both national and international media watchdog organizations have been making to fight back the deep-rooted impunity of crimes against media in the country, during a meeting with delegation of CPJ in Islamabad.
March 23: Balochistan government honours reporter late Wali Khan Babar on the National Day of Pakistan with the Pride of Performance, a top civilian award granted to people who excel in their work.
March 28: Political analyst, writer and TV anchor Raza Rumi survives attack on his life in Lahore on March 28. His driver, Mustafa, succumbed to his wounds in a hospital while the guard and journalist received minor injuries.
March 29: The Lahore High Court directed minister of information technology to consult experts to evolve a joint strategy to unblock YouTube and filter objectionable content.