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Iraqi sheikh says he is not behind threats to journalist

May 23, 2013 12:32 PM ET

New York, May 23, 2013--A prominent Iraqi sheikh told CPJ Wednesday he has had nothing to do with threats against a journalist or the recent abduction of the reporter's brother....

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Introduction By Bob Dietz At least 42 journalists have been killed—23 of them murdered—in direct relation to their work in Pakistan in the past decade, CPJ research shows. Not one murder since 2003 has been solved, not a single...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

1. The Murder of Wali Khan Babar On January 13, 2011, Wali Khan Babar, a 28-year-old correspondent for Geo TV, was driving home after covering another day of gang violence in Karachi. Babar was an unusual face on the...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

2. A Death in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa On the evening of January 17, 2012, a year and four days after Geo TV reporter Wali Khan Babar was gunned down on a busy street in Karachi, Mukarram Khan Aatif, a senior...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: For VOA Reporters, a Difficult Balance The Taliban’s claim that they murdered Voice of America reporter Mukarram Khan Aatif because he failed to present their perspective in his stories was deeply troubling—if not terrifying—to the local reporters of...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

3. Intimidation, Manipulation, and Retribution A couple of years ago, Hamid Mir, Najam Sethi, Umar Cheema, and other prominent figures in the news media began going public with the threats they were receiving from intelligence agencies. It was a...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Sidebar: ‘In case something happens to me’ Seven months before his murder, Asia Times Online reporter Saleem Shahzad was summoned to a meeting with Rear Adm. Adnan Nazir, director general of the Inter-Services Intelligence Directorate’s media wing. During the October 17,...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Conclusion The murder of Saleem Shahzad in May 2011 galvanized journalists across Pakistan in a way that few other events have. For a short time their power as a “union” was felt. They secured a commission of inquiry. They...

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Roots of Impunity

May 23, 2013 12:01 AM ET

Recommendations The Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Pakistani authorities, the Pakistani news media, and the international community....

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Press must be able to work freely in South Sudan

May 22, 2013 11:15 AM ET

Dear President Salva Kiir Mayardit: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating state of press freedom in your country. In the past six months, CPJ has documented several cases of attacks, intimidation, and detention of journalists by security agents in South Sudan and we are concerned that this harassment has led to self-censorship and even exile among the local press corps. We urge you to use the power of your office to ensure that journalists are allowed to work freely without harassment and censure from state security officials.

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