Alerts   |   Pakistan

In Pakistan, second journalist shot dead in a month

New York, November 23, 2015--Local television reporter Hafeez Ur Rehman was killed Sunday morning while riding a motorcycle in Kohat, the provincial capital of a district in Pakistan's northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, according to media reports. Rehman, a television reporter, is the second journalist this month to be shot dead in Pakistan's tribal regions.

November 23, 2015 1:55 PM ET


Alerts   |   Pakistan

Pakistan must pursue killers of Zaman Mehsud and bring them to justice

New York, November 3, 2015--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on Pakistan to investigate the killing of local journalist Zaman Mehsud who, according to reports, was shot dead in the Tank district of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province today.

November 3, 2015 4:59 PM ET


Reports   |   Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Colombia, India, Iraq, Mexico, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Russia, Somalia, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Syria

Getting Away With Murder

CPJ's 2015 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and the killers go free

Published October 8, 2015

The ambush of a convoy in South Sudan and the hacking deaths of bloggers in Bangladesh this year propelled the two nations onto CPJ's Global Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and their killers go unpunished. Colombia exited the index as fatal violence against journalists receded further into that country's past.

For the first time since CPJ began compiling the index in 2008, Iraq did not claim the title of worst offender, as Somalia edged into that spot. The shift reflects a steady death toll in Somalia, where one or more journalists have been murdered every year over the past decade, and the government has proved unable or unwilling to investigate the attacks.

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.

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