Pakistan / Asia

  

Pakistani journalist missing after being seized outside his home

New York, May 23, 2024 — Pakistan authorities must immediately reveal the whereabouts of freelance 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, four…

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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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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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Pakistani journalist Imran Riaz Khan held in terrorism investigation

New York, March 5, 2024—Pakistani authorities must immediately and unconditionally release journalist Imran Riaz Khan, whose whereabouts are unknown, and stop harassing and detaining members of the press for their work, the Committee to Protect Journalists said on Tuesday. On March 1, the journalist—whose current affairs YouTube channel Imran Riaz Khan has some 4.6 million…

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Pakistani journalist Asad Ali Toor arrested after responding to summons for questioning

New York, February 26, 2024—Pakistan’s Federal Investigation Agency arrested independent journalist Asad Ali Toor on Monday after he was ordered to appear for questioning in connection to an alleged “explicit and malicious” campaign against Supreme Court judges, according to news reports and the journalist’s lawyer, Imaan Mazari-Hazir, who spoke to CPJ. Toor operates Asad Toor…

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CPJ joins call urging Pakistan to reinstate internet access after election day suspension

On Thursday, the Committee to Protect Journalists, Access Now, and the #KeepItOn coalition strongly condemned the Pakistani caretaker government’s suspension of mobile services across the country during its elections and called for full internet access to be reinstated immediately. Read the full joint statement here.

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Polling station staff empty a ballot box after polls closed during the general election, in Lahore, Pakistan, on February 8, 2024.

CPJ condemns phone and internet disruptions, barring of journalists during Pakistan election

New York, February 8, 2024—The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns the cell phone service suspension and widespread internet disruptions as Pakistan went to the polls on Thursday, with reports of journalists prevented from coverage in some areas. “Cutting off mobile communication services on an election day and preventing journalists from reporting from polling stations severely…

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