E-Bulletin For April 2018

Media Monitoring April 2018
April 04: The Begowala police inserted Anti-Terrorism Act section to the murder case of journalist Zeeshan Butt of Sambrial (Sialkot district), who was gunned down on March 27, 2018. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=04_04_2018_178_005
April 04: Chief Justice Saqib Nisar takes suo moto notice of murder of journalist Zeeshan Butt who was killed in Sambrial, Sialkot district of Punjab province, and asked district police official to submit the report in 24 hours. https://nation.com.pk/05-Apr-2018/reporter-s-killing-demos-draw-cj-s-attention?show=previewutm_medium?version=amp
April 04: Electronic media regulatory authority PEMRA warned cable operators that their licenses would be terminated if GEO TV chanel was not resumed. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/300269-cable-operators-defy-24-hour-notice-pemra-seeks-provinces-police-help-to-restore-all-geo-channels
April 04: Unknown men attacked home of GEO News channel’s anchorperson Salim Safi in Islamabad. Private security guard repulsed the attack and got injuried. https://www.thenews.com.pk/latest/300529-saleem-safis-guard-attacked-in-islamabad
April 06: Meer Asim Mehmood, a local journalist in Taxila town near Islamabad, sentenced to jail and fined upon publishing a report on tampering of land record and illegal occupation. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=06_04_2018_153_003
April 09: The Supreme Court ordered all media houses to clear unpaid salaries of their workers by April 30. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=07_04_2018_005_005
April 09: Media workers started a protest for their demands pertaining to the constitution of the 8th wage board and legislation of salary structure. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=09_04_2018_005_002
April 11:  Journalists held protest against a policeman in Bahawalnagar district in Punjab province, who allegedly took journalist Zafar Abbas as hostage and broke his camera. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=11_04_2018_178_007
April 15: The Supreme Court issued an order to Punjab Police to arrest the culprits of Zeeshan Butt’s murder and give the report within 10 days
April 16: The report card issued by Human Rights Commission of Pakistan says that the nation has failed to make progress over the past years; people continue to disappear because they criticize the establishment or because they advocate better relations with India. https://www.dawn.com/news/1401964
April 17: Lahore High Court on Monday 16th April ordered PEMRA to ensure that no anti judiciary speeches are aired on any news channel.
April 19: Media persons and media freedom organizations in Pakistan and abroad signed petition against curbs on media in the country
April 26: PEMRA issues show cause notices to 3 news channels on airing anti judiciary comments and use of abusive language. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/309130-pemra-issues-notices-advice-to-three-news-channels
April 26: Facebook team is visiting Pakistan for discussing venues of cooperation on filtering and blocking content being used in the country. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/309357-fb-assisting-pakistan-in-blocking-content

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