Pakistan Press Freedom Report 2007

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Attacks on Journalists and Media Organizations during 2006

Introduction

Media organizations and journalists in Pakistan were targeted by government authorities, militant groups, intelligence agencies as well as political and religious groups during 2006. Journalists throughout Pakistan were killed, abducted, injured, harassed and intimidated while fulfilling their duties.

Most journalists in tribal areas have either been forced to give up their profession or leave their home town. The few that remain, limit their coverage to innocuous topics such as school functions and activities of administration officers.

Though journalists in urban areas have stronger backing, and though the journalist community remains strong, few if any responsible for attacks on media, have been held accountable.

Television channels and radio stations have also suffered at the hands of groups who would rather present ‘different’ versions of the unfolding events.

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