E-Bulletin Form October 2018

October 2018
Oct 04: Press Freedom in Pakistan is under great threat as there is an unannounced censorship across the country according to Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist
Oct 04: The Supreme Court issues notice to media houses for not paying salaries and dismissal of journalists from jobs. https://e.jang.com.pk/10-04-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=56.png
Oct 04: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists demands MPs to cope with ban on media houses.
Oct 04: Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists demands to establish a Parliamentary committee to cope with unannounced censorship of media houses. https://e.jang.com.pk/10-04-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=539.pn 
Oct 05: The Supreme Court directs PEMRA to register six media rating companies within a week. https://epaper.tribune.com.pk/DisplayDetails.aspx?ENI_ID=11201810050121&EN_ID=11201810050035&EMID=11201810050016
Oct 05: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf is scrambling to counter the threat of fake news spread through social media. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/376716-pti-move-against-fake-news-falls-short-of-addressing-false-charges
Oct 07: Famous TV anchor Syed Talat Hussain tweets that he has been his regular column in The News will not be published this week. https://twitter.com/TalatHussain12/status/104899916515243622
Oct 08: Khyber Union of Journalists has decided to hold protest demonstration on October 9 against the sacking of journalists and threats to media outlets. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/378190-khuj-protest-on-oct-9-against-media-curbs-journalists-sacking
Oct 09: Arrest warrant for Dawn journalist Cyril Almeida in treason case withdrawn. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=09_10_2018_003_003
Oct 10: Journalist and media workers held rallies across the country to protest downsizing, stopping of advertisements and measures aiming curbing newspapers circulation and TV channels transmission in certain areas. https://www.dawn.com/news/1438058/journalists-media-workers-hold-rallies-against-downsizing-curbs
Oct 11: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry asks media houses’ owners to stop downsizing. https://e.jang.com.pk/10-11-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=524.pn 
Oct 11: Justice Qazi Faez Isa of the Supreme Court assails PEMRA for changing the placement of private news channels, including Dawn News and Geo News channels. https://www.dawn.com/news/1438338/sc-lashes-out-at-pemra-for-changing-placement-of-news-channels
Oct 12: The Foreign Office spokesman said the government gives utmost importance to freedom of expression. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/379994-no-restriction-on-media-fo
Oct 14: PEMRA issues notice to TV channels on airing “false news” against Federal Finance Minister Asad Umar and the Minister of State for Interior Shahryar Afrdi. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=14_10_2018_005_002
Oct 15: During by-election media teams despite having accreditation cards issued by ECP were stopped to enter some of the polling stations for coverage in NA-53 (Islamabad). https://e.jang.com.pk/10-15-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=519.png
Oct 16: Journalist Sohail Khan,  a correspondent of local Urdu daily K2 Times in Haripur district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, was killed by unknown gunmen in Hattar Village hours after his report on arrest of drug peddler was published in his newspaper. https://dailytimes.com.pk/311247/journalist-covering-drugs-smuggling-killed-in-haripur/
Oct 17: Prime Minister Imran Khan said that his government would extend all-out support to the newspaper industry to enable it to deal with its longstanding problems. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=17_10_2018_005_010
Oct 18: PFUJ protests murder of Sohail Khan in Haripur district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.  https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=18_10_2018_005_002
Oct 19: Federal Minister for Information Fawad Chaudhry announces broad outlines of newly proposed Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority (PMRA) to oversee print, electronic and social media. https://www.dawn.com/news/1439946/govt-plans-new-body-to-regulate-media-fawad
Oct 19: An anti-terrorism court in Islamabad sent owner and producer of a web channel Nayya Pakistan on judicial remand to Adiala Jail in a case pertaining to running alleged anti-judiciary content on their channel. https://www.dawn.com/news/1439821/atc-sends-owner-producer-of-web-channel-on-judicial-remand-to-adiala-jail-for-airing-anti-judiciary-remarks
Oct 20: PEMRA serves show-cause notices to TV channels for airing Nehal Hashmi’s controversial speech
Oct 21: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors rejects draft law proposing merger of all regulatory authorities into one body to be called the Pakistan Media Regulatory Authority. https://tribune.com.pk/story/1830533/1-cpne-rejects-new-law-proposed-govt/
Oct 25: Media workers stage sit-in outside the press club in Lahore to protest against lay-offs of journalists and salary cuts by different media organizations.  https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=25_10_2018_002_004
Oct 25: Police arrest one of the two suspected killers of Sohail Khan, Correspondent of local daily K2 Times in Haripur district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, who was gunned down on Oct 16. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=25_10_2018_007_003
Oct 26: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly unanimously passes a joint resolution calling for an immediate halt to retrenchment of workers from the media houses, payment of salaries and protection to journalists. https://www.thenews.com.pk/print/385774-kp-assembly-condemns-sacking-of-mediapersons-non-payment-of-salaries
Oct 26: Police arrest the second suspected killer of slain journalist Sohail Khan from Karachi. https://e.jang.com.pk/10-26-2018/pindi/pic.asp?picname=610.png 
Oct 27: The Supreme Court reinstates a ban on the transmission of Indian content on local television channels, setting aside an earlier verdict by the Lahore High Court. https://www.dawn.com/news/1441739/sc-slaps-blanket-ban-on-airing-of-indian-content-on-tv-channels
Oct 28: The Supreme Court directs the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority to ban transmission of foreign content on all private television channels beyond permissible time. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=28_10_2018_014_004
Oct 29: Whole of the Waqt News staff sacked and offices across Pakistan shut down. https://twitter.com/Matiullahjan919/status/1057001070424137731
Oct 30: Slain journalist Sohail Khan’s suspected killers sent to jail on judicial remand. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=30_10_2018_182_003
Oct 31: The head of the Committee to Protect Journalists for Asia Steven Butler says that Pakistani press has high degree of self censorship. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=31_10_2018_002_008
Oct 31: PPP Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari said Pakistan People’s Party would stand by journalists and continue to struggle against the injustices being committed by the government. https://epaper.dawn.com/DetailNews.php?StoryText=31_10_2018_003_008
Oct 31: Ihsanullah Sherpao, general-secretary of Charsadda Press Club n Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province and a correspondent for a private TV Channel, was gunned down killed in Charsadda district. The killing did not relate to his journalism work.

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