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Fears of the Fourth Estate: Current Challenges for the Pakistani Press

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In recent months—and particularly in the weeks leading up to Pakistan’s July election—journalists, activists, and analysts have expressed concerns about growing threats to the Pakistani press. This event will feature a discussion of the current media environment in Pakistan. It will include the launch of a new Committee to Protect Journalists report and accompanying documentary, which is entitled “Acts of Intimidation: In Pakistan, Journalists’ Fear and Censorship Grow Even as Fatal Violence Declines.” How has Pakistan’s media climate and its challenges evolved over the years? What are the implications of press crackdowns and censorship for democracy in Pakistan? What may come next, and what can or should be done by the new Imran Khan-led government to improve the situation? Panelists will address these questions and more.

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  • Steven Butler

    Asia Program coordinator, Committee to Protect Journalists
  • Anwar Iqbal

    Washington DC Correspondent, Dawn newspaper
  • Farahnaz Ispahani

    Global Fellow
    Author and former Member, Pakistan Parliament
  • Madiha Afzal

    Nonresident Fellow, Global Economy and Development Program, Brookings Institution, and Author of Pakistan Under Siege: Extremism, Society, and the State