E-Bulletin For July 2018

July 2018

July 01: Neo TV reporter Zhakir Abbasi received minor injuries after workers of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf attacked journalists covering Workers’ Convention of the party at Convention Centre in Islamabad.

July 03: Chand Nawab, reporter of 92 News, was beaten up by Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf workers at Karachi airport while he was there for coverage for arrival of party leader Imran Khan.

July 09: Media teams were stopped from covering Capt (retd) Safdar hearing in NAB court in Rawalpindi.

July 09: Police officials register three FIRs against Daily Jahan Pakistan staff reporter Muhammad Najib Malik upon publishing news on alleged involvement of the officials’ in pre-poll rigging.

July 13: Journalists boycott Senate proceedings to protest unannounced media censorship and disruption in the distribution of DAWN newspaper. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=13_07_2018_003_006

July 13: Zaibdar Marri, president of Kohlu Press Club and correspondent of Aab Takk TV channel in Kohlu (Balochistan), was abducted, his colleagues confirmed to Freedom Network.

July 17: Supreme Judicial Council which hears complaints against superior courts judges has restrained the media from commenting on upcoming proceedings of a case against Islamabad High Court Judge Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui. https://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201807170025&EN_ID=11201807170010&EMID=11201807170006

July 21:  Kamran Paracha, cameraman of Dunya TV, was attacked by a group of political workers of PMLN while covering public meeting of Shahbaz Shareef in Swat.

July 24: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has reported that many journalists over the past several months have complained of interference in their work. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=24_07_2018_016_005

July 25: Zaibdar Marri, president of Kohlu Press Club and correspondent of Aab Takk TV channel, who was abducted on July 13 returned home safely.

July 27: Pakistan media outlets and journalists “suffer from severe restrictions and curtailment on freedom of expression, which has resulted in extraordinary levels of self-censorship.” https://www.dawn.com/news/1423262

July 27: Mehreen Zahra Malik, journalist based in Islamabad received threats and some unknown person attacked her house while she was away for coverage of Election Day on 25th July. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/global-opinions/wp/2018/08/02/whos-afraid-of-imran-khans-pakistan-almost-everyone/?sw_bypass=true&utm_term=.c3fe57cf13b5

July 31: The South Asian Free Media Association office was sealed by Lahore Development Authority despite a stay order by a civil court. South Asia Media Library was the only facility of its kind in Lahore that promoted media learning and education. ://www.thenews.com.pk/print/348953-lda-seals-safma-office

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