Declining media freedom

Declining media freedomIn a special report, the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) describes how journalists in this country are pulled back by an undertow of violence and pressures from multiple sources. Since 2000, as many as 57 media persons have been killed in retaliation for their work. Although following the counter-terrorism operations, overall violence and murder of […]

Journalists under threat

Journalists under threatKARACHI: A month and a half back, the press club in Khuzdar opened unannounced after being shut for over a year. The press club was shut down in August last year after its president received threats from ‘unidentified men’ shortly after a press conference was held by members from the Hindu community revealing names of […]

Violence against journalists

Violence against journalistsAS the UN marks the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists today, it is worth asking why this particular turn of phrase is being used. According to UN figures, over the past decade, 700 journalists have been killed the world over during the course of discharging their duties. This averages out to […]

CPJ concerned over violence against journalists in Pakistan

CPJ concerned over violence against journalists in PakistanKARACHI: Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has said that in Pakistan last year’s conviction of six suspects for the assassination of Geo Television reporter Wali Khan Babar would herald a new dawn for journalists have dwindled in the face of fresh violence and the leadership’s failure to implement a series of commitments to CPJ to […]

Pakistan urged to provide proper security to journalists

Pakistan urged to provide proper security to journalistsWASHINGTON: Two international media advocacy groups urged the government of Pakistan on Thursday to provide proper security to journalists. “We are alarmed by the violence against journalists and media workers in Pakistan after three separate attacks in 24 hours,” said the US-based Committee to Protect Journalists. Also read: One dead in firing on Geo TV […]

Pakistani government mandates guidelines for broadcasters

Pakistani government mandates guidelines for broadcastersNew York, August 21, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists is concerned by the sweeping nature of guidelines from Pakistan’s Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) for on-air news coverage and commentary on the nation’s television and radio channels. The Electronic Media (Programs and Advertisements) Code of Conduct, 2015 was made public Thursday in Pakistan and is […]

CPJ troubled by report US spied on Al-Jazeera journalist in Pakistan

New York, May 8, 2015–The Committee to Protect Journalists is deeply troubled by a report that the U.S. National Security Agency carried out intensive surveillance of Al Jazeera’s Islamabad bureau chief, Ahmad Muaffaq Zaidan, based on suspicion that he was a member of Al-Qaeda. The Intercept reported today that the NSA’s information supporting its claim …