Alerts   |   Pakistan

Reporter killed in third attack on Pakistani journalists in 24 hours

New York, September 9, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed by the violence against journalists and media workers in Pakistan after three separate attacks in 24 hours. Former Geo News business reporter Aftab Alam was killed outside his home in Karachi today by two gunmen, according to media reports. The shooting came less than 24 hours after a Geo News technician was killed in Karachi when gunmen opened fire on a broadcast van belonging to the privately owned station. No group has claimed responsibility for either attack.

September 9, 2015 4:00 PM ET


Alerts   |   Pakistan

Gunmen open fire on Geo TV broadcast van in Karachi, killing one

New York, September 8, 2015--A Geo TV technician was killed and a driver for the privately owned Pakistani station was injured today in a shooting in Karachi, according to media reports. Arshad Ali Jafri, the technician, was shot seven times in the attack, and the driver was shot twice in the shoulder but managed to drive to a hospital, police told local media. Two other Geo media workers near the van escaped injury.

Alerts   |   Pakistan

Pakistani government mandates guidelines for broadcasters

New York, August 21, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the sweeping nature of guidelines from Pakistan's Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for on-air news coverage and commentary on the nation's television and radio channels. The Electronic Media (Programs and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015 was made public Thursday in Pakistan and is effective immediately, PEMRA said.

Alerts   |   Pakistan

In Pakistan, Geo bureau chief abducted and robbed, then released

New York, July 27, 2015--Unidentified armed men in Pakistan abducted the Karachi bureau chief of the TV channel Geo News on Saturday and beat and robbed him before releasing him, according to news reports. The Committee to Protect Journalists condemns Faheem Siddiqui's abduction and calls on Pakistani authorities to ensure the assailants are held to justice.

July 27, 2015 3:52 PM ET


Statements   |   Internet, Pakistan, Security, USA

CPJ troubled by report US spied on Al-Jazeera journalist in Pakistan

New York, May 8, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a report that the U.S. National Security Agency carried out intensive surveillance of Al Jazeera's Islamabad bureau chief, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, based on suspicion that he was a member of Al-Qaeda. The Intercept reported today that the NSA's information supporting its claim appears to reflect the normal behavior of a journalist maintaining contact with sources.

Blog   |   Pakistan

Pakistani journalist Muhammud Rasool Dawar under threat

We get a fairly steady stream of journalists in Asia asking for assistance. The majority of the requests come from journalists who have been threatened, and the threats can come from just about anywhere: militant groups, the military, government officials, powerful local politicians, arms runners, and drug dealers.

Attacks on the Press   |   Egypt, France, Greece, Pakistan, Paraguay, Syria


In Pakistan, an unknown gunman shoots a news anchor multiple times. No one is arrested for the crime, though arrest warrants are issued against the journalist--for his reporting.

Attacks on the Press   |   Mexico, Pakistan

Between conflict and stability: Journalists in Pakistan and Mexico cope with everyday threats

By Daniel DeFraia

Mexican journalists hold photos of killed colleagues during a demonstration in Mexico City on February 23, 2014, against kidnapping and murder of Veracruz reporter Gregorio Jimenez de la Cruz. (Reuters/Henry Romero)

The Pakistani journalist knew the risk, but he wrote the story about the militants anyway. Years earlier he had been shot, after reporting on another taboo subject, but for him the freelance work was thrilling, even after he had to marry his girlfriend in secret and flee Pakistan without her--and still now, since the nightmares began.

Blog   |   Pakistan

One year later: Hamid Mir on the attempt to kill him and what came next

(Geo News)

Hamid Mir and I last saw each other in Islamabad in late January at a meeting of the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety. Mir, a senior anchor for Geo News, seemed as if he was on the road to recovery, but he was obviously still in pain from injuries he sustained during an assassination attempt on him last year. On April 19, 2014, Mir was shot multiple times as he left Karachi's main airport.

Blog   |   Pakistan

Evolution of Pakistan's proposed cybercrime law

Journalists browse the Internet in Peshawar. Pakistan's draft cybercrime bill includes a section seeking to justify government censorship of Web content. (AFP/A Majeed)

A pointer to our colleagues at Bolo Bhi, Pakistan's independent Internet freedom and electronic privacy watchdog (it's involved in gender issues too). The watchdog has been tracking the evolution of Pakistan's attempts at cybercrime legislation since 2007.

April 1, 2015 2:30 PM ET


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