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November 23 becomes International Day to End Impunity

June 10, 2011 2:59 PM ET

Members from around the world of the International Freedom of Expression Exchange met in Beirut last week. On the second day of our conference, amid discussions of the daily problems journalists face, we received word of the abduction and murder of Pakistani investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad. A day later,...

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Slain journalists' families in Pakistan mourn for lifetime

June 9, 2011 4:57 PM ET

It's a coincidence, but May 29, the date of Saleem Shahzad's kidnapping in Pakistan, coincides with the killing of journalist Munir Sangi six years ago. Against all odds, Sangi's widow, Yasmeen Sangi, is still fighting for justice in the case of her late husband, while Shahzad's widow, Anita Saleem--who is...

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How can Pakistani journalists protect themselves?

June 8, 2011 4:10 PM ET

The memorial service in Washington for journalist Saleem Shahzad--who was killed around May 29--was held at the National Press Club this past Monday. Anwar Iqbal, dean of the Pakistani press corps in Washington, led the ceremony. Ambassador to the U.S. Hussain Haqqani spoke eloquently about the degree of loss...

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Justice for Saleem Shahzad? We've seen this before...

June 3, 2011 5:32 PM ET

An important distinction is emerging in the murder of Saleem Shahzad, at left, as details of a second post-mortem were released Thursday. Shahzad was not tortured as has been widely reported. He was more likely beaten to death fairly quickly, apparently with iron rods, according to media reports. Here's...

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Rising anger amid accusations about who killed Shahzad

June 2, 2011 10:47 AM ET

Just a few pointers to the angry discussion that is going on among Pakistan's journalists about the killing of Saleem Shahzad. The Inter Services Intelligence Directorate (ISI) seems to have emerged as the prime target of accusation, but it has rejected claims of any involvement.In an Associated Press of Pakistan...

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A friend remembers Saleem Shahzad

May 31, 2011 3:27 PM ET

When I received an unexpected call early Monday morning from Saleem Shahzad's wife, I knew I was in for some bad news."Saleem has not come home since Sunday evening, when he was on his way to a television studio," she said. She told me that she then remained as...

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Sethi: Pakistani media challenging military

May 23, 2011 12:38 PM ET

Pakistani journalist Najam Sethi was in the United States last week to talk about the challenges facing his country at a critical moment. Ever the contrarian, he also sees opportunities. "For the first time the media is challenging the military," he told an audience of friends and colleagues at...

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After bin Laden, a warning to foreign journalists

May 20, 2011 1:44 PM ET

Security is always risky in Kabul, as it is in the entire Afghanistan-Pakistan theater. But the May 2 U.S. raid into Pakistan and killing of Osama bin Laden has raised the risk of retaliation against international representatives, including journalists. ...

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Mission Journal: CPJ tackles impunity in Pakistan

May 6, 2011 1:46 PM ET

After months of planning and preparation, our CPJ team had assembled in Islamabad with an ambitious plan. On May 3, we had a meeting scheduled with President Asif Ali Zardari to discuss the country's failure to investigate the killings of journalists. We also had positive indications that our delegation would...

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Umar Cheema: 'Their efforts to intimidate me backfired'

April 20, 2011 6:05 PM ET

On September 4, 2010, Pakistani journalist Umar Cheema was abducted as he was going home after a dinner with friends near Islamabad. He was held captive for more than six hours, during which he was tortured by masked individuals. He was told to stop criticizing the government in the...

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