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On June 5, Pakistan’s Supreme Court (pictured) issued show-cause notices to 34 news channels, asking them to explain, within two weeks, why contempt proceedings should not be initiated against them for airing press conferences by two parliamentarians who criticized the judiciary. (REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistan province enacts harsh defamation law, Supreme Court presses legal action against 34 media outlets 

New York, June 11, 2024 – The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed alarm on Tuesday that Pakistan’s east Punjab province hastily enacted a defamation law that is likely to greatly restrict press freedom, and the country’s Supreme Court issued notices to 34 media outlets in connection with their programming. On Saturday, June 8, acting Punjab…

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Pakistan remains politically volatile after a February election led to the formation of a coalition government. Pictured here on February 17, 2024, supporters of former Prime Minister Imran Khan's party chant slogans as they gather during a protest demanding free and fair results of the elections, outside the provincial election commission office in Karachi. (Photo: REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro)

Shooters attack three Pakistani journalists in two separate incidents

New York, June 4, 2024— Pakistan authorities must immediately investigate the attacks against journalists Haider Mastoi, Khan Muhammad Pitafi, and Chaudhry Ikhlaq, hold those responsible to account, and take steps to end the intensifying wave of violence against journalists in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. On May 29, an unknown number of…

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On May 21, Awami Awaz newspaper reporter Nasrullah Gadani suffered critical gunshot wounds after an attack in Pakistan's Kori Goth area of the Ghotki district in Sindh province. Gadani died May 24 in a Karachi hospital, and he is the fourth journalist to be killed in the country this month. (Screenshot Awaz TV News/YouTube)

4 journalists killed in Pakistan, others attacked, in May

New York, May 29, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply alarmed by the continued killings of journalists in Pakistan, including four in May so far, and calls on Pakistan authorities to immediately investigate these incidents, hold those responsible to account, and end the wave of violence against journalists in the country. The killings represent…

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Journalist missing after being seized outside his Pakistan home

New York, May 23, 2024 — Pakistan authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of freelance Kashmiri journalist Syed Farhad Ali Shah, who was taken from his home at night by unidentified men over a week ago, and stop intimidating the press, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. At about 1 a.m. on May 15,…

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Police officers stand guard at the site of a suicide attack in Karachi, Pakistan, in April 2024.

Daily Khabrain reporter Ashfaq Ahmed Sial shot dead in Punjab, Pakistan

New York, May 17, 2024 — Pakistani authorities must immediately investigate the killing of journalist Ashfaq Ahmed Sial, ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, and take steps to prevent the ongoing violence against journalists in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On the morning of Wednesday, May 15, two masked motorcyclists…

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Pakistani journalist Muhammad Siddique Mengal targeted, killed by bomb

New York, May 7, 2024 — Pakistani authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Muhammad Siddique Mengal, who died in a bomb attack on World Press Freedom Day, and ensure the perpetrators are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Tuesday. An unidentified motorcyclist placed a bomb on Mengal’s vehicle at a…

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Pakistani TV anchor Hamid Mir gets death threats after speaking up for press freedom

New York, May 2, 2024—Pakistani authorities must swiftly and impartially investigate death threats and online harassment targeting prominent television anchor Hamid Mir and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Mir, who hosts the flagship political show “Capital Talk” on Geo News and has survived at least two previous assassination attempts, told…

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Ahmad Hanayesh speaking at an event to launch his poetry book Maajoon e Rang in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, in December.

Exiled Afghan journalist Ahmad Hanayesh shot in Pakistan

New York, April 4, 2024—Pakistani authorities must promptly investigate Wednesday’s shooting of exiled Afghan journalist Ahmad Hanayesh by two gunmen on a motorcycle and bring the assailants to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Thursday. Hanayesh, also known by his birth name Abdul Aleem Saqib, was returning home on the evening of April 3…

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The motive for the killing of journalist Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar, seen in this video image, remains unclear, but his brother said the journalist had received death threats following his reporting on influential local figures. (Screenshot: Public Ki News HD/YouTube)

Pakistani journalist Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar shot dead in Punjab

New York, March 22, 2024— Pakistani authorities must thoroughly investigate the killing of journalist Jam Saghir Ahmed Lar and ensure that his murderers are brought to justice, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On March 14, Lar, a correspondent for the Daily Khabrain newspaper and contributor to local news outlets in the city of…

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Pakistani journalist Asad Ali Toor is seen on his YouTube channel Asad Toor Uncensored.

Pakistan court remands journalist Asad Ali Toor in cybercrime case

New York, March 15, 2024—Pakistan authorities must immediately and unconditionally release independent journalist Asad Ali Toor, return his devices, and cease harassing him in retaliation for his journalistic work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said Friday. On March 8, a court in Pakistan’s capital, Islamabad, ordered Toor be sent to jail on a 14-day judicial…

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