E-Bulletin For November 2019

Media Monitoring November 2019

Nov 01: FN Annual Impunity Report 2019 released: “33 journalists killed in Pakistan in past six years,” the report says. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=01_11_2019_005_001

Nov 12: Sindh Information Minister Saeed Ghani announces his government will pass special law on journalists’ protection. https://tribune.com.pk/story/2098330/1-sindh-enact-law-journalists-safety/

Nov 14: Court acquits Quetta-based journalist Zafarullah Achakzai of charges under cybercrime case filed against him two years back. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=14_11_2019_005_001

Nov 14: Pakistan Telecommunication Authority Chairman Maj.-Gen. (Retd) Amir Azeem Bajwa said PTA had “blocked access to more than 900,000 websites.” https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=14_11_2019_004_002

Nov 15: Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) agrees to set safety policy and protocols for member organizations to defend working journalists and media workers. Freedom Network will facilitate the CPNE. https://www.geo.tv/latest/256533-pakistani-media-community-to-set-guidelines-protocols-for-journalists-safety?fbclid=IwAR0vA2LujYEhjAFNv2S5Ry0iaIvijRN674t5oDBNzP5a38b1yo0HMhti11o

Nov 17: PEMRA Chairman Muhammad Saleem Baig tenders an “unconditional apology” with Islamabad High Court and expresses “regret” for issuing a ‘misleading’ advisory that banned appearance of television anchorperson in other talk shows. https://www.dawn.com/news/1517186/pemra-chief-apologises-for-misleading-advisory

Nov 19: Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Athar Minallah stressed a code of conduct for media while hearing contempt of court case. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/570981-court-has-to-look-how-much-freedom-media-should-have-ihc

Nov 19: Islamabad High Court asks media to suggest ways to regulate content: https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=19_11_2019_003_004

Nov 19: Court disapproves on-air discussion of sub judice cases: https://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201911190045&EN_ID=11201911190015&EMID=11201911190004

Nov 23: Lahore High Court put a ban on media coverage of all kind of protests at The Mall and also ordered the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to ensure its compliance. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=23_11_2019_002_003

Nov 25: Freedom Network in collaboration with Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors held a meeting on legislation for journalist safety


Nov 27: Lahore High Court seeks replies from PTA, PEMRA and FIA and other government authorities on a petition seeking action against people involved in vilification of sitting judges on social media: https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=27_11_2019_002_001

Online Monitoring

Nov 06: Pakistan among worst countries for internet freedom . https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=06_11_2019_014_008

Nov 15: Pakistan leads in censorship requests sent to Facebook. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=15_11_2019_014_004

Nov 20: The Pakistan Telecommunication Authority clarified it forwarded the requests for Facebook accounts based on community standards. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=20_11_2019_005_010

Nov 21: The National Assembly Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication was informed that the use of social media websites in government offices may be banned. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=21_11_2019_014_005


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