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Pakistani journalist sentenced to five years in prison under anti-terrorism laws

December 31, 2019 12:15 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 31, 2019—Pakistani authorities should immediately release and drop all legal proceedings against journalist Nasrullah Chaudhry, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Chaudhry was convicted under anti-terrorism laws and sentenced to five years in prison on December 21 over the alleged possession of banned literature, according...

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Police in Pakistan’s Sindh province arrest Daily Jurat reporter Ajeeb Lakho

December 26, 2019 4:43 PM ET

Washington, D.C., December 26, 2019—Police in Sukkur, a city in Pakistan’s Sindh province, should immediately release Ajeeb Lakho and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Demonstrators block entrance to Dawn newspaper in Pakistan, call for staffers to be hanged

December 3, 2019 12:26 PM ET

New York, December 3, 2019 -- Pakistan authorities must prevent demonstrations against the Dawn newspaper from turning violent, and should investigate death threats made against its staffers, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Getting Away with Murder

October 29, 2019 8:00 AM ET

CPJ's 2019 Global Impunity Index spotlights countries where journalists are slain and their killers go free Published October 29, 2019 Somalia is the world’s worst country for the fifth year in a row when it comes to prosecuting murderers of journalists, CPJ’s 2019 Global Impunity Index found. War and...

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Pakistan media regulator walks back ban on news anchors expressing personal opinions

October 28, 2019 1:35 PM ET

On October 27, 2019, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority, the country’s nominally independent media regulator, issued an order posted on its official Twitter account prohibiting news anchors from expressing opinions, stating that anchors hosting news programs “should not appear in talk shows,” and saying that news organizations would...

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Pakistan denies entry to CPJ's Steven Butler, forces him to return to US

October 17, 2019 4:20 PM ET

New York, October 17, 2019 -- Last night, Pakistani immigration authorities denied entry to CPJ Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler, citing a blacklist managed by the Ministry of Interior....

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CPJ concerned about Pakistan media court initiative

September 18, 2019 11:13 AM ET

Washington, D.C., September 18, 2019 -- Pakistan’s federal cabinet has approved an initiative to establish specialized courts aimed at resolving media-related issues, the government announced yesterday, according to news reports. The proposal drew swift condemnation on social media from human rights and press freedom organizations....

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Pakistani news program cancelled amid defamation suits from prime minister

August 21, 2019 4:20 PM ET

On August 6, 2019, Pakistani broadcaster Channel 24 HD cancelled the “Najam Sethi Show,” a news and political commentary program, after the broadcaster’s management received a phone call from an unidentified individual demanding the show be dropped, according to Najam Sethi, the show’s host, who spoke with CPJ on...

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Pakistani broadcaster Geo News blocked amid prime minister's visit to Washington

July 21, 2019 10:55 AM ET

New York, July 21, 2019 -- Pakistan's most popular news channel, the privately owned Geo News broadcaster, has been forced off the air or had its channel number abruptly changed in many parts of the country, according to reports on social media and the broadcaster's managing director, Azhar Abbas,...

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TV news channels blocked in Pakistan after airing opposition speeches

July 9, 2019 2:00 PM ET

Washington, D.C., July 9, 2019 -- Pakistan authorities should immediately unblock broadcasts of privately owned news channels Capital TV, 24 News HD, and the Abbtakk News Network, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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