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Scaffold looms for Pakistani convicted as teen

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ISLAMABAD: Condemned for murder when he was a teenager, Shafqat Hussain could be one of the next to go to the gallows in Pakistan’s wave of executions that follows a Taliban school massacre. The country last week ended its moratorium on the death penalty in terror cases in the aftermath of the slaughter at an […]

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KP still unwilling to allow launch of Malala’s book

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PESHAWAR: The Taliban militants’ fear continues to hinder the launch of girls education campaigner Malala Yousafzai’s book in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The government had stopped the launch of ‘I am Malala’ in Peshawar two and half months ago in the wake of the outlawed Tehreek-i-Taliban Pakistan’s threat of attacks against bookshops selling the book. “We’d reached […]

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The Growing Media Presence of Pakistan’s Militants

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As the Pakistan government attempts to strike a peace deal with the Pakistani Taliban (Tehrik-i-Taliban, or TTP), significant developments threaten to unravel the social fabric of the state. By adopting a linear approach in pursuing negotiations, the government seems to be ignoring critical shifts, especially within the media, that if left unattended could spiral into […]

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Taliban reps playwith media, project their message

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ISLAMABAD: Contrary to the previous round, the Taliban committee has taken the lead over the official team in publicly projecting the overall position and demands of its appointing authority, the banned Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Earlier, Irfan Siddiqui, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister, who was convener of the government body, used to regularly inform the […]

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Terrorist attack on Peshawar cinema

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Terrorists struck again on Sunday, lobbing two grenades into a Peshawar cinema house as people watched a Pushto movie. Four persons were killed and at least 31 others injured for enjoying a normal, legitimate entertainment. Published pictures of the incident presented a scene of utter devastation with blood splattered all over the floor and shoes […]

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Targeted killings, warnings from Taliban lead to mounting concerns for Pakistan’s media

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Pakistan’s journalists are feeling the after-effects of a brutal attack on Express Media, the third and most lethal attack on the media group and its staff in the last six months. The Taliban has claimed responsibility for the attack, and has issued a fatwa (decree) warning of further attacks against media outlets that they say […]

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“No story or report is worth your life”

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Adnan Rehmat, who has been working for better safety of journalists for two decades, talks about reporting ethics, attack on media and safety Adnan Rehmat is director of media development at Civic Action Resources. With a background in journalism, he is a media development specialist focusing on advocacy, research and training. For the past decade […]

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Media under Taliban pressure

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Away from the cameras and newsprint, a wave of fear and foreboding has swept through the media in recent weeks and months. Last week, in the killing of three Express News employees by the Taliban in Karachi, many of the industry’s fears coalesced bloodily – and few expect the threat to recede. In a series […]

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Vigil held for slain media workers

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ISLAMABAD: Journalists in the federal capital on Sunday held a vigil for the three media workers who were killed in Karachi on January 17. Talking to the participants of the vigil, National Press Club president Shahryar Khan said the deadline to arrest the culprits passed on Sunday but the government did not take any action […]

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Journalists in Pakistan

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A damning report by Amnesty International has brought to light what people involved in the media industry in Pakistan have known all along — that journalists are just not safe in the country. The report points fingers at all those quarters that have, in the past, been accused of making life a living hell for […]

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