Aliya Iftikhar

Aliya Iftikhar is CPJ's Asia Research Associate. Prior to joining CPJ, Iftikhar was a research assistant at the Middle East Institute and interned at the U.S. Department of State. She has worked with Amnesty International and written for Vice News.

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Maldives president's off-hand comment on missing journalist Rilwan highlights need for fresh investigation

August 7, 2018 5:35 PM ET

Four years to the day that Ahmed Rilwan Abdulla was last seen by his family, President Abdulla Yameen Abdulla Gayoom declared the Maldives journalist dead....

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Silence from judiciary over media attacks increases self-censorship, Pakistan's journalists say

July 20, 2018 1:11 PM ET

When it comes to the military and the judiciary, Pakistan's journalists are "between a rock and a hard place," Zohra Yusuf, of the independent non-profit Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, told CPJ. In recent months the judiciary, which has a history of siding with Pakistan's powerful military, has remained...

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People need to know why our journalists were arrested in Myanmar, Reuters tells CPJ

May 10, 2018 12:14 PM ET

Reuters journalists Wa Lone and Kyaw Soe Oo have spent nearly five months in detention in Myanmar, on charges of violating a colonial-era Official Secrets Act. At the time of their arrest in Yangon on December 12, the reporters were investigating a mass killing of Rohingya men by Buddhist...

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Weight of legal cases and threats leave India's journalists feeling exposed and alone

April 10, 2018 10:00 AM ET

The media is in the worst state India has ever seen. That is how several journalists described the current climate in dozens of conversations with CPJ during a trip to Mumbai, Bangalore, and Delhi earlier this year. While the threats they outlined--political pressure, self-censorship, defamation suits, and attacks--are not...

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Bangladesh's defamation law is 'avenue to misuse power,' local journalists say

December 8, 2017 1:07 PM ET

It started with a Facebook post about a goat and ended in a day in jail for Bangladeshi journalist Abdul Latif Morol, when a fellow journalist filed a defamation complaint against him....

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Maldives repeatedly slaps Raajje TV with huge fines under defamation law

October 24, 2017 4:00 PM ET

One of the largest TV stations in the Maldives, Raajje TV, says authorities are using newly recriminalized defamation law to try to shut it down by levying exorbitant fines....

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In Pakistan, press safety hubs provide support and training for journalists at risk

August 17, 2017 12:36 PM ET

When a criminal gang sent threatening messages to Ghulam Mustafa, the reporter said his only option was to stop working for the Pakistani station Geo News. Mustafa acknowledges that laying low for nearly three years was the right decision to ensure his safety, but he said, "Professionally, it was...

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