Pakistan / Asia

Journalists attacked in Pakistan since 1992

  
A portrait of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl is seen in London on March 5, 2002. Pearl's family recently filed to uphold the convictions in the journalist's 2002 murder. (Reuters/Ian Waldie)

Family of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl files to uphold convictions in 2002 murder

Washington, D.C., May 2, 2020 — The parents of murdered Wall Street Journal correspondent Daniel Pearl today filed an appeal to the Pakistani Supreme Court to reverse the April 2 decision of the Sindh High Court that overturned convictions of four men in Pearl’s 2002 kidnapping and murder case, according to copies of court documents…

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CPJ, 73 media and rights groups urge Asian heads of state to release jailed journalists

Given that a staggering number of imprisoned journalists are held in jails across the Asian continent, CPJ and other groups call on leaders of these countries to release them at this time of grave public health concern.

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A portrait of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl stands at the altar of St. Bride's Church prior to a memorial service in London on March 5, 2002. A Pakistani court overturned the convictions of four men in Pearl's murder on April 2, 2020. (Reuters/Ian Waldie)

Pakistan court overturns murder convictions in Daniel Pearl case

Washington, D.C., April 2, 2020–In response to the decision of the Sindh High Court in Pakistan to overturn the murder convictions of four men accused in the 2002 killing of Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl, the Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following statement:

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The Geo News office is seen in Karachi, Pakistan, on April 11, 2018. Pakistan's media regulator recently restricted the broadcaster's accessibility on cable providers throughout the country. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistan broadcast regulator cuts distribution of Geo News after CEO’s arrest

Washington, D.C., March 13, 2020 — Pakistan authorities should immediately lift restrictions placed on Geo News and allow it to broadcast freely, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A facade with the names of the daily newspapers "The News International" and "Jang Daily" is seen Rawalpindi, Pakistan, on June 28, 2018. Jang Media Group CEO Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman was arrested today over a 34-year-old land dispute. (AFP/Aamir Qureshi)

CPJ demands Pakistan release Jang Media Group CEO Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman

Washington, D.C., March 12, 2020 — Pakistani authorities should immediately release Mir Shakil-ur-Rehman, the CEO, owner, and editor-in-chief of the Jang Media Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Newspapers are seen in Karachi, Pakistan, on May 20, 2018. The Pakistan government recently suspended advertising to two independent media groups. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

Pakistan government suspends advertising in 2 independent media groups

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 — Pakistani authorities should grant government advertising to outlets without regard for their editorial stances, and should lift the suspension of advertising in the Dawn and Jang media groups, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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An employee of a local television channel shows a picture of slain journalist Aziz Memon on his mobile, after a demonstration to condemn his killing, in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Monday, Feb. 17, 2020. The body of Memon was found dumped in a canal just hours after he went missing while on his way to work, police said Monday. His family said he was brutally killed but that they have no idea who was behind the slaying. (AP/Pervez Masih)

Pakistani journalist murdered after warning of threats against him

Washington, D.C., February 17, 2020 — Pakistan authorities should take swift action to launch a thorough and credible investigation into the murder of journalist Aziz Memon, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Memon, who worked for the privately-owned Sindhi TV channel KTN News and the Sindhi-language Daily Kawish newspaper, was found strangled to death…

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People using computers are seen in Islamabad, Pakistan, on October 20, 2017. The country secretly passed regulations that restrict social media activity. (Reuters/Caren Firouz)

Pakistan government secretly passes strict social media regulations

Washington, D.C., February 13, 2020 — The Pakistan government should immediately roll back a set of social media regulatory measures that were passed in secret, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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Columnist Gul Bukhari is seen in Lahore, Pakistan, on June 22, 2018. Pakistani authorities recently threatened to file terrorism charges against Bukhari. (Reuters/Mohsin Raza)

Pakistan threatens journalist Gul Bukhari with terrorism charges, extradition from UK

Washington, D.C., February 12, 2020 — Pakistani authorities should withdraw their threats to bring terrorism charges against journalist Gul Bukhari, and should stop harassing journalists at home and abroad, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A Pakistani man watches a broadcast by Prime Minister Imran Khan on a smartphone in August 2018. Pakistani regulators are moving to regulate internet videos in measures that journalists fear will result in censorship or penalties. (AFP/Rizwan Tabassum)

Pakistan broadcast regulator proposes sweeping control of internet news programs

Munizae Jahangir knew she’d be prevented from putting Mohsin Dawar on her nightly “Spotlight” talk show on Aaj TV, an Urdu-language Pakistani station. Dawar, an elected member of the national assembly, is a leading figure of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), which aims to boost the rights of the Pashtun people clustered in Pakistan’s western…

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