Aug 01: Unknown men fire shots outside home of Express News anchorperson Imran Khan in Lahore
Aug 02: The Lahore Development Authority sealed the office of the South Asian Free Media Association – a nonprofit that promotes media networking in South Asia for regional peace.
Aug 04: Senior crime reporter of Geo News Ahmad Fraz’s equipment was snatched by the traffic wardens and later on a criminal case was registered against him case while he was capturing misbehave of traffic wardens with a citizen
Aug 08: SAFMA office which were sealed by Lahore Development Authority earlier were unsealed on direction of the Lahore High Court.
Aug 09: Hareesh Kumar, reporter of Express News and president of Kumb Press Club received threats from influential people of the area upon publishing a news about a poor worker.
Aug 13: On the first session of the National Assembly DSP security disallowed and misbehaved with reporters belonging to Geo News, Channel 7, News One and Jehan Pakistan despite having accreditation cards to enter the Parliament.
Aug 13: Media members were not allowed to enter the accountability court when jailed former prime minister Mian Nawaz Sharif was produced before the court to face Al Azizia reference. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1779730/1-accountability-hearing-adjourned-till-aug-15/
Aug 13: Farid Sabri, reporter of HUM News, despite having accreditation card was assaulted by the policeman while he wanted to enter the Islamabad High Court to cover the appearance of Ex Prime Minister before the courts
Aug 14: Junior police official is punished for manhandling media team in Khairpur Sindh, upon seeking details of a criminal case and during the course of fact-finding process. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=14_08_2018_119_002
Aug 15: Abdul Waheed Dogar reporter of Online News Agency, was threatened and harassed by PMLN workers when he asked a question from PMLN president Shahbaz Sharif in Islamabad.
Aug 21: Federal Information Minister Chaudhary Fawad Hussain announced that the PTI government lifted “all political censorship” in state-run media Pakistan Television channel. https://www.dawn.com/news/1428399/
Aug 22: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed allegedly damaged mobile phone of cameraman of Channel 24 who was filming the minister attempting to push a woman away. https://www.dawn.com/news/1428586/sheikh-rashid-accused-of-manhandling-elderly-woman-damaging-reporters-phone
Aug 23: Young journalist Abid Hussain died of wounds in Nishter Hospital, Multan, two days after he was attacked in his hometown in Deewan Sahib in Tehsil Burewala District Vehari.
Aug 27: Unknown culprits snatched mobile and other valuable equipment from Adil Gill, cameraman of Daily Ausaf while going back to home after performing his duties in Rawalpindi.
Aug 28: Journalists protested smear campaign against Saleem Safi on social media in Peshawar
Aug 29: Supreme Court issued a show-cause notice to ARY News host Arshad Sharif for discussing sub judice matters on his talk show “Powerplay.” https://www.dawn.com/news/1429692/sc-issues-show-cause-notice-to-arys-arshad-sharif-for-holding-media-trial
Aug 29: Federal Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry announced that after reviewing the role of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and the Press Council of Pakistan it has been decided to merge the authorities into one body called Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority.
Aug 29: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) releases its report “Curbs on Freedom of Expression in Pakistan” in Islamabad. Renowned journalist IA Rehman chaired the meeting while leading journalists. Human rights activists and media freedom activists attended the launch meeting.
Aug 30: Cameraman Muzamil Ali Khan of Aaj TV was robbed by unknown culprits while he was back to home after performing his duties in Rawalpindi.
Aug 30: PEMRA prohibits discussion on cases under litigation; it has issued an advice to all news and current affairs channels and has prohibited the discussion on any sub juidice matter in any talk show aired by TV channels. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/361550-pemra-prohibits-discussion-on-cases-under-litigation
Aug 30: Human Rights Commission of Pakistan releases expressed concern over increase in media curbs and held both government and military agencies responsible for the situation
Aug 30: Federal Minister for Railways Sheikh Rasheed apologized from cameraman of Channel 24 Aqib Javed who recorded the video of old lady manhandled by the minister. https://e.jang.com.pk/08-30-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=548.png
Aug 31: Farooq Shahzad sub editor of Daily express receives threats from land mafia after he raised voice against illegal installation of gates on way to graveyard in Sadiqabad
Aug 31: Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors warns Government against introducing new media laws, the move to control media under the garb of media regulation would never win acceptance and support in the country. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=31_08_2018_005_008
Aug 31: The Senate standing committee on Information Broadcasting shared complete unanimity that the Parliament would be taken on board while taking any decision on changing the media’s regulatory mechanism. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/362070-parliament-will-be-taken-on-board-in-changing-media-regulatory-mechanism
E-Bulletin For August 2018