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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...

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Pakistani TV stations remain off the air during floods

August 10, 2010 6:14 PM ET

New York, August 10, 2010--Pakistan's major news broadcasters ARY TV and GEO TV are off the air in Karachi and Sindh province for a third day since supporters of the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) of President Asif Ali Zardari have reportedly severed cable...

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On Pakistan’s frontier, home is often the cost of reporting

July 28, 2010 3:06 PM ET

In an alert on Monday, we reported on an attack that left at least six women and children seriously injured at the home of local television journalist Zafarullah Bonari along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. A group of unidentified attackers threw grenades...

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Six injured in Pakistan attack believed to target journalist

July 26, 2010 5:03 PM ET

New York, July 26, 2010—At least six women and children were seriously injured late today after a group of unidentified attackers threw grenades and opened fire on a home connected to television correspondent Zafarullah Bonari, according to Pakistani journalists. ...

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One cameraman dead, several injured in Quetta bombing

April 16, 2010 3:02 PM ET

New York, April 16, 2010--At least one Pakistani journalist was killed and others were injured in a suicide bombing at a hospital in Quetta today, according to international news reports. Details are still emerging, and some of the injured are reported to...

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Attacks on the Press 2009: Pakistan

February 16, 2010 12:20 AM ET

h7 {float:none;width:auto;height:auto;font-family:sans-serif;font-weight:normal; margins:5px;} Top Developments• Press has very limited access during two military offensives.• Reporters face attacks, threats from all sides. Four are killed. Key Statistic 6: Homes of journalists destroyed by militants in retaliatory attacks. As Pakistan’s military launched two...

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Media rules could bring back the bad old days in Pakistan

October 30, 2009 4:24 PM ET

On a day when Western media focused on the ramifications of the official visit of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to Islamabad, I got a heads-up email message from Mazhar Abbas in Islamabad this morning. ...

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Value, ‘collateral damage’ as journalists embed

October 7, 2009 7:41 AM ET

During the height of the Pakistani military’s assault on militants, hundreds of local journalists were forced to flee the Swat Valley and neighboring areas. Coverage of the fighting was left in large part to Pakistani reporters from outside the...

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Briefing: Pakistani journalists face Taliban, military threats

April 30, 2009 4:42 PM ET

Journalists in Pakistan have come under rapidly escalating pressure as the military confronts Taliban militants in the northwest region of the country. Threats and attacks from both sides have made reporting from Taliban-controlled areas more dangerous....

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Pakistan Supreme Court moves to silence media

May 12, 2008 12:00 PM ET

New York, May 12, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on the Pakistani Supreme Court to drop its efforts to control media coverage. The court today ordered Geo TV, the country’s most popular private broadcaster, and its print affiliate, Jang...

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