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Pakistan Expels New York Times Journalist

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The New York Times building is seen in New York City in this February 7, 2013, file photo.

The New York Times building is seen in New York City in this February 7, 2013, file photo.

The Pakistani government has expelled a New York Times reporter from the country.

New York Times bureau chief Declan Walsh was expelled from the country on Friday, the eve of national elections to bring about the first successful change of civilian government in Pakistan's history.

A two-sentence letter delivered to Walsh said he had to leave due to his "undesirable activities,” without further explanation.

The Committee to Protect Journalists has called on Pakistan's interim government to reverse the expulsion. CPJ's Asia program coordinator Bob Dietz said the decision "shows just how much authorities fear independent media coverage."

Declan Walsh's Twitter profile photo

Declan Walsh's Twitter profile photo

Pakistan is one of 64 countries that global watchdog Freedom House deemed "unfree" for journalists in its annual report on world press freedom earlier this month.

CPJ says authorities in Pakistan have failed to prosecute a single suspect in the 23 journalist murders over the past decade.

Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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