Convention Kickoff Reception 
& Press Perils of Pakistan Roundtable

Friday, June 17, 6 pm – 8 pm

CUNY Graduate School of Journalism
Third Floor
219 W. 40th Street
(Between Seventh and Eighth avenues)
New York, NY 10036

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Kick off the 2011 SAJA Convention on Friday evening at the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. Meet, mingle and network with convention attendees, speakers and other guests. Then join us for a blockbuster, timely roundtable discussion featuring an exciting roster of headliners and experts on Pakistan.

This year’s SAJA convention is dedicated to those journalists who have been killed or have risked their lives covering the news in South Asia, particularly Pakistan. At least five journalists have been murdered in the country in 2011, while there were eight killed in 2010. Tonight, we will hold a moment of silence for all those who have lost their lives.

6 pm – 8 pm Kickoff Networking Reception 
6:30 pm - 7:15 pm Roundtable Discussion: Press Perils of Pakistan 

Tickets to this event are included with the full convention pass. Tickets for Friday night alone cost $30.


Malik Siraj Akbar
Founder and editor of The Baloch Hal, Pakistan’s first (and banned) hyper-local online newspaper. Hubert Humphrey Fellow visiting journalist at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists at the Center for Public Integrity in Washington, DC. (@maliksirajakber)

David Rohde
Pulitzer-prize winning reporter for The New York Times who covered Pakistan and Afghanistan from 2001 to 2009. Abducted by the Taliban outside Kabul in 2008, he was taken to North and South Waziristan and held captive there by the Haqqani network for seven months before escaping from captivity. He also covered the invasion of Iraq, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the war in Bosnia. (@rohded)

Beena Sarwar
Journalist, artist, documentary filmmaker. She is the editor of Aman ki Asha, a joint peace inititaive of the Jang Group Pakistan and The Times of India. She was the founding editor of The News on Sunday weekly and a Harvard Nieman Fellow. (@beenasarwar)

Kamran Shafi
Retired Pakistan Army major and outspoken columnist and political analyst for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper. (@kamranshafi46)


Vikas Bajaj is a correspondent for The New York Times in Mumbai, India, where he writes primarily about economic and business issues. He was previously based in New York and covered housing and financial markets from June 2006 to March 2009. Mr. Bajaj graduated from Michigan State University in 1998 and joined the Times in 2005, having previously worked at The Dallas Morning News. He was born in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) and grew up there and in Bangkok, Thailand. He returned to India in the spring of 2009. (

Tickets to this event are included with the full convention pass. Tickets for Friday night alone cost $30.

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