New York, January 29, 2004—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the murder of Sajid Tanoli, a reporter with the regional Urdu-language daily Shumal, who was shot and killed today in the town of Manshera in Pakistan’s North West Frontier Province
Police filed murder charges today against Manshera’s local government head, Khalid Javed. The police have also arrested Javed’s brother and son as accomplices to the murder, said a local journalist.
Tanoli, 35, was killed after he wrote an article on January 26 about an allegedly illegal liquor business run by Javed. Enraged by the article, Javed filed a libel suit against Shumal on January 27, according to local journalists. Then, two days later, he shot Tanoli, who died instantly, and fled the scene. He remains at large.
"We mourn the tragic loss of our colleague Sajid Tanoli and call on Pakistani authorities to find the accused and to prosecute him to the fullest extent of the law," said CPJ Executive Director Ann Cooper.
Pakistani authorities disrupt distribution of Dawn newspaper
May 22, 2018 11:38 AM ET
New York, May 22, 2018--Pakistani authorities should immediately halt any restrictions on the distribution of Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Distribution of the newspaper has been disrupted in many parts of the country in recent weeks, Dawn editor Zaffar Abbas told CPJ....
Pakistan orders closure of US-funded Radio Mashaal office in Islamabad
January 19, 2018 4:06 PM ET
New York, January 19, 2018--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistani authorities to immediately reverse the order issued to close the Islamabad bureau of Radio Mashaal, the Pashto-language service of U.S. Congress-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL)....
Pakistan arrests journalist whose rental car was rigged with bomb
November 27, 2017 6:09 PM ET
New York, November 27, 2017-- The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani security forces to immediately release journalist Khalil Afridi, who police are holding without charge in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Authorities detained the correspondent for the Khyber News TV channel on November 24 after an explosive...