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Pakistani journalists' Stanford trip is off

Pakistani journalists' Stanford trip is off
February 14, 2011
ISLAMABAD: Four Pakistani journalists chosen for a fellowship at Stanford University were informed Monday (Feb 14) by their sponsors Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF) it had been unable to get them J-1 visas.

The journalists Noman Talseem (Pakistan Today), Zulfiqar Ali Mehto (Aaj News), Faryal Najeeb (Express Group) and Ghazanfar Ali (The Express Tribune) were interviewed at the US embassy in Islamabad on January 13 and 14.

They were selected by CSF, a joint initiative of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Finance, Government of Pakistan, for a four-month Innovation Journalism Fellowship. had reported February 6 the program was in jeopardy (

The journalists have now been told CSF would make efforts to send them for the Innovation Journalism Conference held each year at the heels of the fellowship. “We are now trying to re-apply for B1 visas for you to attend the one week conference in May 2011 at the end of the Stanford INJO program,” read a CSF email sent to journalists.

CSF has been sponsoring Pakistani business and economic journalists for the program each year since 2006.

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