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Alia Ahmed

Alia Ahmed, a former intern in CPJ's Journalist Assistance program, is a journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. She has lived and studied in the United States, South Africa, Lebanon, Pakistan, and France.

Blog   |   Pakistan

A fine and shifting line for Pakistan's media

The government of Balochistan, the troubled southwestern province of Pakistan, registered a case against national television news channel ARY on Monday, August 26, after it aired a video clip of the destruction of the residence of Pakistan's founder, Muhammed Ali Jinnah. The case was filed under Pakistan's Anti-Terrorist Act of 1997, claiming that airing the footage could incite "violence or [...] glorify crime," in contravention of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA).

Blog   |   Ireland, Mexico

An uncanny alliance to benefit CPJ's assistance program

Pete Hamill was among the journalists who spoke to the crowd; a mariachi band and Celtic performers took turns on stage. (James Higgins)

While a first glance, The Irish-Mexican Alliance might seem like an unorthodox partnership, last night's poetry and music fundraising event for CPJ at Connolly's Pub near Times Square proved otherwise. 

Blog   |   Philippines

CPJ's Press Freedom Awards remember Maguindanao

Members of CPJ's delegation to the Philippines can be seen here in a video still on the killing grounds where 57 people lost their lives in the Maguindano massacre.
November 23 marked both an evening of celebration of the courageous and remembrance of the slain: CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards fell on the exact one-year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, the deadliest attack on the press ever recorded in CPJ history.
November 24, 2010 12:26 PM ET

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Blog   |   Ethiopia, USA

In exile in the U.S., Ethiopian journalist struggles forward

After almost a year in exile in America, an icy ocean away from his home in Ethiopia, journalist Samson Mekonnen, left, only recently received his work permit in Washington. In the interim, like most journalists undergoing the emotionally and financially grueling resettlement process, he has relied on friends, family, and international organizations like CPJ to support himself and his family while his petition for asylum navigates the bureaucratic waters.  

November 12, 2010 2:09 PM ET

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Blog   |   CPJ, Russia

Russian journalists detail FSB and 'New Nobility'

How do you crack Russia's vaunted security service? You go to low- and mid-level officials for information, say Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the new book, The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. At a luncheon for CPJ supporters on Thursday, Soldatov and Borogan detailed how today's Federal Security Service, or FSB, enjoys the impunity of the noble classes of bygone eras. And, of course, the authors discussed how they managed to get information about the secretive agency.

October 8, 2010 9:22 AM ET

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Blog   |   Pakistan

For Pakistani journalists, flood coverage poses challenges

Pakistani residents stand on their property which is surrounded by flood waters in Sindh province. (AP)

As most of the nation lay paralyzed and submerged in flood water, Pakistani journalists traveled in four-wheel drives and rickety boats to bring tidings from some of the hardest hit areas of the country. The Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) compiled a list of journalists directly affected by the flood, many of whom had had their homes washed away, while journalists who were still on their feet faced a host of other challenges. 

October 5, 2010 1:53 PM ET

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Blog   |   Pakistan

Pakistani union appeals for flood-affected journalists

A mother and her daughter stand in flood waters in Badin district, northeast of Karachi (AP /Pervez Anjum)
The Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) is appealing to the international community, media workers, and human rights organizations to support journalists affected by the worst flooding in Pakistan's history. PFUJ has compiles a list of some 230 affected journalists, citing at least 213 who have had their homes washed away in the floodwaters, and journalist Asma Anwar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, who lost her life.
September 7, 2010 11:16 AM ET

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YouTube wants your input on barriers to Internet freedom

In an age of widespread online journalism, Internet users worldwide are exposed to stories, footage, and leaks that probably would have gone unpublished in the print age. In response, YouTube has opened up the floor to commentary on the current condition of online freedom of expression. They're calling on all Internet users, bloggers, and activists to submit their views on what they consider the biggest barriers to free speech online. Video or text responses sent in will be used as part of an international conference on freedom of expression on the Internet, to be held in Budapest from September 20 to 22. 

August 18, 2010 11:56 AM ET

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Blog   |   Pakistan

Punjab Assembly condemns—then praises—media

Pakistan's spirited press is once again caught up in arms over the latest and most absurd attempt to discredit its voice. On Sunday, various journalist organizations in Larkana, Sindh province, followed in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in LahoreIslamabad, and Karachi and observed a “black day” of protest, according to Pakistan's The News.
July 14, 2010 6:05 PM ET

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