The Taliban in Pakistan have threatened journalists because of the coverage of the shooting of a teenage activist who stood up to them, reporters said.
Coverage of the shooting of Malala Yousufzai, 14, and the negative worldwide reaction led Taliban leaders to complain the "filthy, godless media" was taking advantage of events, CNN reported.
In statements issued to justify the shooting of Yousufzai, who insists on the right of girls to go to school, Taliban leaders complained the media have taken "huge advantage of this situation and journalists have started passing judgment on us."
Reporters in northwestern Pakistan told CNN they were warned by authorities about an increased risk to their security. Some said they were told they were targeted.
"Things after Malala have become more tense, as the Taliban [are] very angry with the way the attack was reported," a journalist in Peshawar said. "We are scared, but what can we do? We have to work."
The teen is recovering from a gunshot wound to the head in a hospital in Britain.