Press freedom is under pressure in Pakistan

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Press freedom is under pressure in Pakistan, where journalists face intimidation by the powerful army accompanied by violence which often pushes them to self-censure, the Committee to Protect Journalists said in a report.

The army, Pakistan’s most powerful institution, has “quietly, but effectively, set restrictions on reporting,” from barring access to encouraging self-censorship “through direct and indirect methods of intimidation,”

Former President Barack Obama has re-entered the U.S. political scene, hitting the campaign trail on behalf of Democrats hoping to wrest control of Congress away from Republicans in November’s midterm elections. Obama now finds himself in a proxy battle with the man who succeeded him, President Donald Trump, as they both seek to energize their respective parties. VOA National Correspondent Jim Malone has more from Washington.

The outer bands of wind and rain from Hurricane Florence began lashing North Carolina barrier islands as the Category 2 storm threatens to hover along the coast for days, pushing up to 13 feet of storm surge and dumping 20 to 30 inches of rain on both Carolinas, before slogging over the Appalachian Mountains.

As of 11 a.m., the Category 2 storm was centered about 145 miles (230 kilometers) east-southeast of Wilmington, North Carolina, and about 195 miles (315 kilometers) east of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Its forward movement slowed to 10 mph (17 kph) and top sustained winds dropped slightly to 105 mph (165 kph).