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Election posters hang next to a street in Rawalpindi, ahead of elections on July 25. Pakistan's journalists say retaliation against critical reporting is making them self-censor to try to avoid retaliation. (AFP/Farooq Naeem)

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

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 largely silent amid attempts to censor…

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People travel atop vans as they head home during rush hours in Karachi, Pakistan in June 2017. Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan's military and intelligence agencies, accused journalists of sharing anti-state remarks on social media, according to reports. (Reuters/Akhtar Soomro)

Pakistan army spokesperson accuses journalists of anti-state activity on social media

New York, June 5, 2018–The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned comments from Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan’s military and intelligence agencies, who accused journalists of sharing anti-state remarks on social media.

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Pakistani investigative reporter Ahmed Noorani lies in a hospital bed in Islamabad, Pakistan, on October 27, 2017. Assailants on motorcycles attacked the outspoken Pakistani journalist in the capital, Islamabad, leaving him badly injured. (AP/B.K. Bangash)

Pakistani journalist attacked in Islamabad; three attacks on media groups in Balochistan

New York, October 27, 2017–The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on Pakistani authorities to swiftly investigate and bring to justice perpetrators of multiple attacks against journalist and news organizations in the country this week. Journalist Ahmed Noorani was badly beaten in Islamabad, and three different attacks were reported in the southwestern Balochistan province amid…

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Death threats sent to Pakistani journalist Kamran Shafi and his family

New York, August 27, 2014–The Committee to Protect Journalists calls on authorities to immediately investigate threats made against Pakistani journalist Kamran Shafi and his family, and to ensure their security.

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

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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A verbatim threat from Pakistan, and more

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 them.

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In Pakistan, no taxation without investigation

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 as a battleground for their infighting, relying on sympathetic reporters to put forward their positions.…

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Chishti abducted, beaten: Challenge for Pakistan

Ali Chishti, who writes for The Friday Times, has gone public in Islamabad with details of his abduction and beating last Friday, August 30. Chishti is making the rounds of TV talk shows describing how he was picked up in Karachi by uniformed police driving a police vehicle, blindfolded, switched to another police vehicle, taken…

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Police shielded parliamentarian and former state governor Bukola Saraki, left, from journalists after he was questioned by a police fraud unit. (247nigerianewsupdate.com)

Nigeria journalists obstructed on World Press Freedom Day

On World Press Freedom Day last week, Nigeria’s Information Minister, Labaran Maku, publicly asserted that the country’s media “is one of the freest in the universe.” On paper, Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution guarantees the freedom of the press to “uphold…the responsibility and accountability of the government to the people.” But seven journalists who attempted to put…

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CPJ awardee Natalya Radina.

Attacks on the Press in 2011: Profiles in Freedom

How does one negotiate the choice to stay and report potentially dangerous news, rather than take a less risky assignment, leave the profession, or flee the country? The recipients of the 2011 International Press Freedom Awards explain. By Kristin Jones

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