A journalist shouts slogans during a demonstration to denounce rampant censorship, in Islamabad, Pakistan, Tuesday, July 16, 2019. (AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)
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Pakistani journalists held nationwide protests Tuesday to denounce rampant censorship by the country's powerful security services, massive layoffs due to budget cuts and months-long delays in payments of their wages.In the last few months, hundreds of journalists have been laid off as media houses came under financial constraints after government advertising was drastically reduced.Zafar Abbas, editor of the leading Dawn daily which has faced increasing pressures, said Pakistani journalists have seen severe restrictions in the past, including shutting down of newspapers, imprisonment of journalists and direct censorship.Abbas maintains these are among the worst of times for the media in the country.
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