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Chishti abducted, beaten: Challenge for Pakistan

Ali Chishti, who writes for The Friday Times, has gone public in Islamabad with details of his abduction and beating last Friday, August 30. Chishti is making the rounds of TV talk shows describing how he was picked up in Karachi by uniformed police driving a police vehicle, blindfolded, switched to another police vehicle, taken to a small room somewhere in Karachi, and beaten by men he does not think were police officers. After nine hours, he was dropped by the side of the road at 4:30 Saturday morning.

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Roots of Impunity

Introduction

By Bob Dietz

At least 42 journalists have been killed—23 of them murdered—in direct relation to their work in Pakistan in the past decade, CPJ research shows. Not one murder since 2003 has been solved, not a single conviction won. Despite repeated demands from Pakistani and international journalist organizations, not one of these crimes has even been put to a credible trial.

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Roots of Impunity

1. The Murder of Wali Khan Babar

On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the airwaves: Popular and handsome, he was a Pashtun from Zhob in Baluchistan near the border with Afghanistan. For Geo, it was a rare boon to have a Pashtun in Karachi, and so the station planned to send him abroad for training to become an anchor.

Reports   |   Pakistan

Roots of Impunity

3. Intimidation, Manipulation, and Retribution

A couple of years ago, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Umar Cheema, and other prominent figures in the news media began going public with the threats they were receiving from intelligence agencies. It was a risky calculation, but the silence, they reasoned, encouraged intimidation and allowed impunity to persist.

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Roots of Impunity

Conclusion

The murder of Saleem Shahzad in May 2011 galvanized journalists across Pakistan in a way that few other events have. For a short time their power as a “union” was felt. They secured a commission of inquiry. They named ISI officers who had threatened Shahzad and many other journalists. They detailed those encounters in a public record available on the Internet. The resulting report offers a series of promising recommendations, saying in part:

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Another Pakistan attack, this one online

The Friday Times in Lahore has come under cyberattack. Earlier Friday, its website could not be accessed.

Najam Sethi, the paper's editor, told CPJ that someone has "launched an attack on the websites of both The Friday Times and Vanguard Books [the book publishing and distribution company that owns the Times]. A tsunami of killer spams and log-ins have clogged the sites and blocked them."

Crimes sem Castigo

Índice de Impunidade do CPJ 2012 destaca os países onde jornalistas são assassinados e os responsáveis ficam livres

Jornalistas se protegem durante operação policial contra traficantes de drogas no Rio de Janeiro. (Reuters/Sergio Moraes)

abril 17, 2012 12:03 AM ET

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  |   Afrique, Rapports, Somalie

Meurtres non élucidés de journalistes

L'Indice de l'impunité du CPJ en 2012

17 avril 2012 0h02 ET

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  |   Américas, Brasil, Colombia, Europa y Asia central, Filipinas, India (la), Informes, Iraq, México, Nepal, Oriente Medio y África del Norte, Rusia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, África

Eludir los asesinatos

El Índice de Impunidad del CPJ en 2012 destaca los países donde los periodistas son asesinados y los responsables quedan libres

Una pancarta en reclamo de justicia  por el fotógrafo Luis Carlos Santiago, cuyo caso figura entre los 11 asesinatos no resueltos en la última década. (Reuters/Tomas Bravo)

17 de Abril 2012 12:00 AM ET

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