Pakistan / 2011

CPJ supports Pakistani journalists facing threats

December 29, 2011 12:27 PM ET

New York, December 29, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists admires and supports the decision of Pakistani journalists Najam Sethi and Jugnu Mohsin to make public the threats that have driven them at times to live outside their country in recent months. Sethi and Mohsin are returning to their home...

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Pakistan should release investigation into 2006 death

December 6, 2011 4:46 PM ET

Dear President Zardari: This week marks the six-year anniversary of the abduction of journalist Hayatullah Khan. We join his family in asking your government to release the report on the investigation into his death that was prepared by High Court Justice Mohammed Reza Khan in September 2006 under the orders of former President Pervez Musharraf.

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CPJ calls on Pakistan to unblock BBC World News

November 30, 2011 2:38 PM ET

New York, November 30, 2011--The All Pakistan Cable Operators Association must immediately unblock the BBC World News television channel in Pakistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Operators began censoring the channel Tuesday in response to a documentary they considered "anti-Pakistan," and threatened to pull other foreign news...

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Pakistani journalist shot, critically injured during riot

November 28, 2011 3:47 PM ET

New York, November 28, 2011--Authorities in Karachi should take stronger measures to protect reporters covering violent incidents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today after a journalist was critically injured in crossfire on Sunday....

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News editor threatened in Pakistan

November 23, 2011 8:24 AM ET

New York, November 23, 2011--An editor of a Pakistani newspaper received threatening telephone calls and was followed by men he believed were government agents, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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In Pakistan, missing journalist found dead

November 7, 2011 3:45 PM ET

New York, November 7, 2011--The body of missing Pakistani journalist Javed Naseer Rind was found on Saturday morning in Khuzdar, 186 miles (300 kilometers) south of the city of Quetta, local and international news reports said. The journalist had been shot multiple times in the head and chest, and his...

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Pakistani journalist killed in Lahore

October 7, 2011 5:14 PM ET

New York, October 7, 2011--A Lahore-based editor for a political news website was found dead early this morning, according to Pakistani news reports and the journalist's brother....

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Pakistan news crew attacked at midday in central Peshawar

August 22, 2011 4:07 PM ET

New York, August 22, 2011--A midday attack on three Khyber TV personnel in central Peshawar underscores the vulnerability of Pakistan journalists as the country's security situation grows more precarious, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan, another still missing

August 15, 2011 4:35 PM ET

New York, August 15, 2011--Alarm continues to mount for the safety of Pakistani journalists with the assassination of a reporter on Sunday in restive Baluchistan, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Also, a senior reporter remains missing in Waziristan, after being abducted on August 11....

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Journalist abducted in Pakistan tribal area

August 12, 2011 3:34 PM ET

New York, August 12, 2011--Concern is mounting for the safety of journalist Rahmatullah Darpakhel, who was seized by a group of armed men in North Waziristan on Tuesday and remains missing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today....

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Pakistan must explain ISI's role in murder

July 5, 2011 1:19 PM ET

New York, July 5, 2011--Pakistan's president must clarify the role of Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence Directorate following U.S. allegations that the agency ordered the killing of journalist Saleem Shahzad, as reported in The New York Times today, said the Committee to Protect Journalists....

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Pakistan reporter beaten for reporting on earlier attack

June 20, 2011 5:22 PM ET

New York, June 20, 2011--Waqar Kiani, a Pakistani journalist who was assaulted Saturday night by men in police uniforms, told the Committee to Protect Journalists that he fears for his safety and the safety of his wife and two young children. The attack came five days after Kiani, 32, had...

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Wounded Pakistani journalist succumbs to burn injuries

June 17, 2011 4:23 PM ET

New York, June 17, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in mourning the death of of reporter Shafiullah Khan, who died Friday of injuries he had sustained in a June 11 suicide bombing in Peshawar, the administrative center for Pakistan's strife-torn Federally Administered Tribal Areas...

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Corrective: Journalist reported killed in Peshawar is alive

June 15, 2011 4:43 PM ET

New York, June 15, 2011--Pakistani journalist Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in a double bombing in Peshawar on Saturday. CPJ erroneously reported on Monday that Khan had died in the attack....

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Two journalists dead and five injured in Pakistan

June 13, 2011 5:42 PM ET

EDITOR'S NOTE: Shafiullah Khan is in critical condition after suffering extensive burns in this Peshawar bombing. CPJ erroneously reported in this alert that Khan had died in the attack.New York, June 13, 2011--CPJ calls on Pakistan media organizations to review their security and journalist safety training procedures to address the mounting number of...

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Pakistani journalists threatened after covering killings

June 10, 2011 3:59 PM ET

New York, June 10, 2011--Two Pakistani journalists who captured images of apparent military violence against unarmed foreigners and a local man are being threatened, their colleagues told CPJ. The threats have come amid calls from high-ranking Pakistani military leaders to quell public criticism of their policies, made at a Thursday...

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CPJ presses Pakistan to uphold impunity pledge

June 1, 2011 1:42 PM ET

Dear President Zardari: I am sure you are just as horrified and concerned as I am about the deaths of journalists Saleem Shahzad on Sunday evening outside of Islamabad and Nasrullah Afridi in Peshawar on May 10.

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Prominent journalist dies in targeted killing in Pakistan

May 31, 2011 5:38 PM ET

New York, May 31, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is alarmed and angered by the targeted killing of senior Pakistani journalist Saleem Shahzad, the Pakistan bureau chief of the Asia Times online website. Shahzad, considered an expert on Al-Qaeda and Taliban militants, disappeared on Sunday night as he was...

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A week after Pakistan justice pledge, journalist murdered

May 10, 2011 5:41 PM ET

New York, May 10, 2011--The death of a journalist apparently targeted by militants in Pakistan today highlights the country's entrenched climate of impunity for anti-press attacks, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today. Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari told a CPJ delegation on World Press Freedom Day that he would pursue...

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Pakistan must allow live foreign broadcasts

May 9, 2011 4:51 PM ET

Karachi, May 8, 2011--Pakistan's decision tonight to not allow foreign broadcasters to continue to do live transmissions from Abbottabad must be rescinded immediately, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today from Karachi. "It is reckless for Pakistan to interfere with the flow of information from the site of what...

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Pakistan vows to pursue justice in journalist murders

May 3, 2011 12:17 PM ET

Islamabad, Pakistan, May 3, 2011--Pakistan's president committed to pursue justice for journalists killed in the line of duty, pledging to take steps to reverse the country's rising record of impunity. A delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists met with President Asif Ali Zardari today to discuss the growing...

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Another journalist targeted in Karachi as violence surges

April 21, 2011 2:56 PM ET

New York, April 21, 2011--An outburst of violence took the lives of at least 20 people in a bomb blast and targeted attacks in Karachi on Wednesday and Thursday. The huge port city of more than 13 million people is caught in a gangland-style turf war made worse by...

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Arrests made in Pakistani journalist's January murder

April 8, 2011 3:16 PM ET

New York, April 8, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists welcomes movement in the case of the murder of Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar in Karachi, and calls for a full prosecution to break a longstanding pattern of impunity in journalist murders in Pakistan. Police arrested five men they say...

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Journalist gunned down in Karachi

April 4, 2011 4:58 PM ET

New York, April 4, 2011--Amid ongoing violence, police in Karachi should thoroughly investigate the motive behind the shooting death of crime reporter Zaman Ibrahim on Saturday night....

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Pakistani journalist abducted, released in Karachi

March 22, 2011 12:50 PM ET

New York, March 22, 2001--The Committee to Protect journalists joins with colleagues in Pakistan in calling for an immediate investigation into Monday's abduction and abuse of senior journalist and vice president of the Karachi Union of Journalists, Mohammad Rafique Baloch....

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Journalist gunned down in Pakistan's violent Baluchistan

February 22, 2011 2:57 PM ET

New York, February 22, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in calling for an investigation into the  drive-by shooting death of Abdost Rind, a 27-year-old part-time journalist in the Turbat area of Baluchistan province in Pakistan's southwest on February 18....

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Asia Analysis

February 15, 2011 12:53 AM ET

Partisan Journalism and the Cycle of Repression by Bob Dietz and Shawn W. Crispin Lal Wickramatunga's family and publishing house, Leader Publications, have paid dearly in Sri Lanka's highly charged political climate. While Leader's newspapers, including the weekly Sunday Leader, are widely known for tough, independent reporting, they have...

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Attacks on the Press 2010: Pakistan

February 15, 2011 12:21 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments • Suicide bombings take devastating toll on media, killing, injuring dozens. • Journalists face threats from all sides, notably Taliban and the ISI. Key Statistic 8: Journalists killed in relation to their work in 2010, the highest figure in the world. Pakistan was the...

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Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar gunned down in Karachi

January 13, 2011 5:05 PM ET

New York, January 13, 2011--Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was shot and killed in Karachi this evening, shortly after covering gang violence in the city, according to several Pakistani journalists. At least two assailants intercepted Babar's car at 9:20 p.m., shooting him multiple times in the head and neck,...

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CPJ concerned for safety of Pakistan's Sherry Rehman

January 12, 2011 10:11 AM ET

New York, January 12, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists is greatly concerned about public threats made against journalist and National Assembly member Sherry Rehman. The government has stepped up protection for Rehman after she supported a bill in the National Assembly that would amend Pakistan's blasphemy law. The changes include...

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Death of local reporter in Pakistan must be fully investigated

January 11, 2011 4:41 PM ET

New York, January 11, 2011--The Committee to Protect Journalists joins with our colleagues in Pakistan in calling for a full investigation into the killing of Ilyas Nizzar, who was found dead in Pidarak, in the volatile Baluchistan province, in Pakistan's southwest, on January 5. Nizzar, a general assignment reporter...

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