Pakistan bans media coverage of militant groups and their charities

Pakistani authorities have banned all media coverage of Islamic militant groups, including the one suspected of carrying out the 2008 Mumbai attacks, and ordered media outlets to stop running advertisements for the groups' charity arms.

The agency that regulates media issued the order late Monday, specifically mentioning Jamaat-ud-Dawa and the Falah-i-Insaniat Foundation. Both charities are linked to Lashkar-e-Taiba, the Islamic militant group suspected of carrying out the attacks in Mumbai, which killed more than 160 people.

The agency said failure to abide by the order would result in the cancellation of licenses.

Lashkar-e-Taiba was set up with the aid of Pakistani intelligence to fight in the disputed region of Kashmir. The government has officially banned the group but has done little to crack down on it.