Pakistan / 2010

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Six stories: Online journalists killed in 2010

December 17, 2010 3:52 PM ET

This week, CPJ published its year-end analysis of work-related fatalities among journalists. Six of the 42 victims worked online. While you can read the full statistics and our special report elsewhere, I want to highlight the stories of these six journalists who worked on the Web....

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Movement in Umar Cheema's case 'frustratingly slow'

December 16, 2010 2:58 PM ET

On Wednesday, we identified Pakistan as the country where the most journalists--eight--have been killed for their work in the past year. Six of them were on the job when they were killed in crossfire or a suicide bombing. Two others were assassinated.I've been posting reports on one journalist--Umar Cheema--who...

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In Pakistan, local news has global, dangerous implications

December 15, 2010 12:00 AM ET

As CPJ reports today, eight of the 42 journalists killed this year were on the job in Pakistan. It's accurate to say the Pakistani victims were like most journalists killed worldwide: They were local journalists covering stories in their communities. But with Pakistan's political and sectarian unrest aggravated by a...

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Lugar: Umar Cheema case a 'bellwether' for Pakistan

November 8, 2010 1:01 PM ET

Sen. Richard Lugar, ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations, wrote to Pakistani Prime Minster Yousuf Raza Gilani on September 22 to express concern about the brutal attack on Umar Cheema. The journalist was abducted on the weekend of September 4-5 by men in black commando-style uniforms,...

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Remembering Pakistan's bad old days of November 2007

November 3, 2010 3:32 PM ET

November 3, 2007, was a dark day in the history of Pakistan's media. Former military dictator General Pervez Musharraf banned all private news channels, and some entertainment and sports channels, through an "oral order." He said he made the move to stop "irresponsible journalism." Many of the staff in...

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Naming names in a Pakistan abduction case

October 28, 2010 4:50 PM ET

CPJ has always been careful to avoid making accusations when journalists are abducted or killed in Pakistan. Our tactic is to call for full investigations either by the police, the courts or special investigative bodies. In many such cases, the local journalists' community blames government security agencies, including the powerful...

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Use your Blackberry to map global surveillance

October 21, 2010 5:27 PM ET

The University of Toronto's Citizen Lab has announced a research project to analyze the global infrastructure of Research In Motion, maker of the BlackBerry. It's looking for BlackBerry users from any country to take part--especially those in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, India, Indonesia, Russia and China. All of...

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Internet Blotter

October 19, 2010 2:38 PM ET

Omid Memarian gives insight into the Iranian hardliner in-fighting that led to "blogfather" Hossein Derakhshan's arrest and sentencing.Pakistan blocks Facebook, but doesn't block militant jihadi sites.What happened when the authorities shut down the Internet in China's Xinjiang province."Deleted" Facebook photos can stay available for years (from the excellent Ars Technica,...

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Umar Cheema challenges Pakistani intelligence officials

October 5, 2010 2:11 PM ET

I've been closely following the aftermath of Umar Cheema's abduction on September 4 and 5, thanks largely to regular updates from Cheema himself. He messaged Thursday with news of what has happened since I posted about him on September 16....

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For Pakistani journalists, flood coverage poses challenges

October 5, 2010 1:53 PM ET

As most of the nation lay paralyzed and submerged in flood water, Pakistani journalists traveled in four-wheel drives and rickety boats to bring tidings from some of the hardest hit areas of the country. The Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) compiled a list of journalists directly affected by...

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