Is Press Freedom Possible in Pakistan?

Over the last decade, Pakistan has been one of the most deadly countries in the world for journalists, with murder common and convictions rare. In meeting with a delegation from the Committee to Protect Journalists led by Kati Marton, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif pledged to turn the tide, building on the recent conviction of the killers of journalist Wali Khan Babar to create a more secure environment for the press.

But recent events, including the attempted murder of prominent journalist Raza Rumi, highlight the immense challenges.


  • Kati Marton is a best-selling author, journalist, and former ABC News and NPR correspondent. She led the recent Committee to Protect Journalists mission to Pakistan.
  • Elizabeth Rubin is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine and the author of Roots of Impunity: Pakistan’s Endangered Press, published by CPJ in May 2013.
  • Anthony Richter (moderator) is associate director and regional director for Pakistan/Afghanistan, the Middle East, and North Africa at the Open Society Foundations.

A light lunch will be served.

Date: April 17, 2014
Time: 12:002:30 p.m.
Kati Marton, Anthony Richter, and Elizabeth Rubin