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Controls tighten on Pakistan's media

Government using threats and advertising cuts to curb criticism

| Pakistan
A man reads a newspaper at a vegetable market in Islamabad: most people believe that journalists are performing a valuable public service.   © Reuters

W. Tariq is a journalist who has worked for Pakistan's mainstream English-language newspapers.

Pakistan's media is facing unprecedented challenges in terms of both financial viability and censorship, as the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf -- Movement for Justice -- government, which came to power in 2018 on promises of reform, tries to break the media status quo.

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