Alia Ahmed

Alia Ahmed, a former intern in CPJ's Journalist Assistance program, is a journalist based in Karachi, Pakistan. She has lived and studied in the United States, South Africa, Lebanon, Pakistan, and France.

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A fine and shifting line for Pakistan's media

August 30, 2013 3:33 PM ET

The government of Balochistan, the troubled southwestern province of Pakistan, registered a case against national television news channel ARY on Monday, August 26, after it aired a video clip of the destruction of the residence of Pakistan's founder, Muhammed Ali Jinnah. The case was filed under Pakistan's Anti-Terrorist Act...

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An uncanny alliance to benefit CPJ's assistance program

December 9, 2010 4:13 PM ET

While a first glance, The Irish-Mexican Alliance might seem like an unorthodox partnership, last night's poetry and music fundraising event for CPJ at Connolly's Pub near Times Square proved otherwise. ...

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CPJ's Press Freedom Awards remember Maguindanao

November 24, 2010 12:26 PM ET

November 23 marked both an evening of celebration of the courageous and remembrance of the slain: CPJ's annual International Press Freedom Awards fell on the exact one-year anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre in the Philippines, the deadliest attack on the press ever recorded in CPJ history....

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In exile in the U.S., Ethiopian journalist struggles forward

November 12, 2010 2:09 PM ET

After almost a year in exile in America, an icy ocean away from his home in Ethiopia, journalist Samson Mekonnen, left, only recently received his work permit in Washington. In the interim, like most journalists undergoing the emotionally and financially grueling resettlement process, he has relied on friends, family,...

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Russian journalists detail FSB and 'New Nobility'

October 8, 2010 9:22 AM ET

How do you crack Russia's vaunted security service? You go to low- and mid-level officials for information, say Russian journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan, authors of the new book, The New Nobility: The Restoration of Russia's Security State and the Enduring Legacy of the KGB. At a luncheon for...

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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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Pakistani union appeals for flood-affected journalists

September 7, 2010 11:16 AM ET

The Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) is appealing to the international community, media workers, and human rights organizations to support journalists affected by the worst flooding in Pakistan's history. PFUJ has compiles a list of some 230 affected journalists, citing at least 213 who have had their homes washed away...

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YouTube wants your input on barriers to Internet freedom

August 18, 2010 11:56 AM ET

In an age of widespread online journalism, Internet users worldwide are exposed to stories, footage, and leaks that probably would have gone unpublished in the print age. In response, YouTube has opened up the floor to commentary on the current condition of online freedom of expression. They're calling on all Internet...

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Punjab Assembly condemns—then praises—media

July 14, 2010 6:05 PM ET

Pakistan's spirited press is once again caught up in arms over the latest and most absurd attempt to discredit its voice. On Sunday, various journalist organizations in Larkana, Sindh province, followed in the recent footsteps of their colleagues in Lahore, Islamabad, and Karachi and observed a “black day” of protest, according to Pakistan's The News....

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