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Protecting journalists who cover corruption is good for the bottom line

October 13, 2016 1:34 PM ET

Corruption is one of the most dangerous beats for journalists, and one of the most important for holding those in power to account. There is growing international recognition that corruption is also one of the biggest impediments to poverty...

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A year after Raza Rumi attack, little change for Pakistan's beleaguered press

March 27, 2015 4:49 PM ET

One year ago Raza Rumi, a TV anchor and widely-respected analyst in Pakistan, narrowly escaped death when gunmen opened fire on his car in an attack that killed his driver, Mustafa. When I wrote about the March 28 attack,...

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Several journalists attacked while covering 'Freedom March' in Pakistan

August 25, 2014 5:54 PM ET

New York, August 25, 2014--The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on all sides to respect the role of journalists and media workers covering an anti-government demonstration in Pakistan. Journalists from various news outlets have been attacked while covering the "Freedom...

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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...

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CPJ calls on Pakistan to act on pledged commitments to press freedom

June 23, 2014 12:37 PM ET

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif: We are writing to express our deep concern about the deteriorating climate for press freedom in Pakistan, which undermines recent commitments made by your government during CPJ's mission to the country.

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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,...

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A verbatim threat from Pakistan, and more

April 23, 2014 2:26 PM ET

Here is a cut and paste email message sent to staffers at The News, in Islamabad. We have their explicit permission to use it. Actually, they requested that we use it, in the hope that publicizing it will somehow protect...

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In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

April 17, 2014 9:53 AM ET

In Pakistan, reporting on the military intelligence services or insurgent groups or machinations within political parties is the normal grist for the media mill. A lot of the coverage relies on reporters with inside sources. The sources use the media...

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What should happen following the Raza Rumi attack

March 31, 2014 1:42 PM ET

On March 28, gunmen sprayed the car of TV anchor and widely-respected analyst Raza Rumi, a member of the Express Group of media organizations. He escaped serious injury, but his driver, Mustafa, died. It was the fourth attack on...

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