Pakistan: Press freedom remains under strain

The election of Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif in April 2022 brought initial hopes for an improved climate for press freedom in Pakistan, however the country’s journalists continue to face physical attacks, harassment, and arrests, according to data collected by IPI on press freedom violations in...

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Journalists in Balochistan Continue To Face Huge Danger

Data compiled by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) shows that a total of 21 journalists have been killed in Balochistan since 2002. Balochistan is considered the most dangerous province in the country for journalists. It is generally believed that during coverage of violent incidents, journalists are...

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Pakistani newspaper editor threatened over story about high-level corruption

Reporters without Borders (RSF) condemns a Pakistani businessman’s “unacceptable” threats against a newspaper editor in response to a story implicating him in a prominent corruption scandal, and calls on Pakistan’s government to guarantee the journalist’s safety. The threats were made in a phone call that Hamza...

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Freedom of speech is not freedom to spread racial hatred on social media: UN experts

UN experts said today that a sharp increase in the use of the racist “N” word on Twitter after its recent acquisition highlights the urgent need for a deeper level of accountability from social media corporations over the expression of hatred towards people of African...

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) alarmed by reports of internet shutdown in Gwadar; welcome reports of restoration

Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by reports of an internet shutdown in the port city of Gwadar in the Balochistan province amidst clashes between protestors and police. We welcome reports that the internet services have been restored and urge the government to ensure that...

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Amnesty International calls for restoration of internet in Gwadar

Amnesty International South Asia on Tuesday decried the reported internet shutdown in the port city of Gwadar which came after an emergency law was reportedly imposed as protests arose over illegal fishing. “Such disruptions are neither necessary nor proportionate, and inhibits the ability of the people...

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Shutter down strike and protests in Gwadar as tension prevails: Mobile networks and internet services suspended

All mobile networks and internet services are completely suspended in Gwadar, including Pasni, and Ormara. The protesters staged a dharna in front of Pasni Press Club and blocked the main highway for traffic and a heavy contingent of police has been deployed up to zero...

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15 including a journalist arrested from Gwadar

GWADAR: At least 15 people including a journalists from Gwadar have been arrested at shifted to the central jail in Turbat, Bol News reported on Monday. Police said they were arrested during a crackdown on the Haq Do Tehreek Police said they were arrested during a...

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Nearly 1,700 journalists, including 93 from Pakistan, killed over last 20 years: RSF

Nearly 1,700 journalists have been killed worldwide, including 93 from Pakistan, over the past 20 years, an average of more than 80 a year, according to an analysis published by Reporters without Borders. The two decades between 2003 and 2022 were "especially deadly decades for those...

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Pakistan 5th most dangerous country for journalists

Pakistan is the fifth most dangerous country for journalists as nearly 1,700 newsmen have been killed worldwide over the past 20 years, an average of more than 80 a year, according to an analysis published by Reporters without Borders. The two decades between 2003 and 2022...

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