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More threats against Pakistan's Hamid Mir

November 10, 2014 3:11 PM ET

The well-known and controversial Pakistani television talk show host Hamid Mir survived a murder attempt on April 19, even though he was hit with six bullets--two of which are still in his body. "I can move, I can walk and I can talk, but I am still undergoing physiotherapy...

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When it comes to the right to report, journalists must stand together

October 14, 2014 12:52 PM ET

Pakistani journalists I have met over the years know that while I might be an American, I have never been an apologist for the U.S. government. The goal of the Committee to Protect Journalists is to assist members of the press no matter where they are, and if we...

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Back-to-back display killings of journalists unprecedented

September 2, 2014 6:57 PM ET

The apparent back-to-back murders of two American freelance journalists by the same group are unprecedented in CPJ's history. The beheadings on camera in a two-week period of first James Foley and then Steven Sotloff appear to be an acceleration of a pattern--dating at least to Daniel Pearl's killing in 2002--of...

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Threats and attacks against press amid political crisis in Pakistan

September 2, 2014 5:13 PM ET

The ongoing political crisis in Pakistan turned deadly over the weekend with three protesters dead and at least 500 wounded in the capital, Islamabad. As is often the case, the press was not spared from violence, with dozens of journalists covering the rally injured by police or protesters, according...

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Q&A: Pakistan's Hamid Mir speaks about climate for press freedom following attack

August 5, 2014 3:39 PM ET

In April, Geo News senior anchor Hamid Mir was shot multiple times shortly after a CPJ delegation met with Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, who pledged to take several steps to improve journalist security. The investigation into the attack has yielded no accountability. And since the attack, two arrest warrants...

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A message from the Pakistan Taliban

August 4, 2014 6:04 PM ET

CPJ received an email message from the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan-- the Pakistan Taliban--this morning. Signed by the "Media commission, Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Mohmand agency," the message was addressed to CPJ and our colleagues at Reporters Without Borders....

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Blasphemy charges, threats loom for outspoken journalist in Pakistan

August 1, 2014 12:16 PM ET

Forty-nine year-old magazine editor and publisher Shoaib Adil fled his home in the eastern city of Lahore last month and went into hiding with his wife and children. Adil faces threats and possible charges of blasphemy--a crime punishable by life imprisonment or death--in connection with a book he published in...

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Seeking release of Pakistani journalist Faizullah Khan, jailed in Afghanistan

July 25, 2014 11:15 AM ET

It's not often that CPJ agrees with the Pakistan government, but here is one of the rare occasions when we do. While Pakistan journalists have been pushing for quite a while for the release of one of their colleagues, Faizullah Khan, being held in Nangahar in Afghanistan, the Islamabad...

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A year after Snowden revelations, damage persists to freedom of expression in Pakistan

June 16, 2014 3:25 PM ET

In Pakistan, where freedom of expression is largely perceived as a Western notion, the Snowden revelations have had a damaging effect. The deeply polarized narrative has become starker as the corridors of power push back on attempts to curb government surveillance. "If the citizens of the United States of America...

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When Pakistan's largest news channel becomes the news

June 6, 2014 4:29 PM ET

Today, Pakistan's most watched news channel, Geo News, was ordered off the air and fined by the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA). Earlier this week, CPJ documented an attack on Zafar Aheer, an editor of the Urdu-language Daily Jang, by six masked men--the latest in a series of attacks,...

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