Pakistan Journalists Under Threat

By: Idrees Ali Approaching the third anniversary of the murder of Saleem Shahzad, a Pakistani journalist killed as he investigated the murky relationship between the ISI and Al-Qaeda, little progress has been made with the investigation. In many ways, Shahzad’s case signifies the challenge in Pakistan: brave journalists who face threats from non-state and state …

Let’s hear the unheard answers

unheard answers

ISLAMABAD: The Pakistani media went berserk last week. ‘Patriotic’ anchors heaped scorn on Geo TV for its remarks about those in an agency held responsible in the wake of an attack on senior anchorperson Hamid Mir. They were furious about the negative portrayal of those in the agency held responsible but oblivious to the growing …

Why Pakistan is so dangerous for journalists

Journalism in Pakistan has always been marked with bloodshed and fraught with risks, but the recent round of violence against journalists appears to be part of a systematic campaign to stem dissent to militant groups. On March 28, prominent columnist and television host Raza Rumi narrowly escaped an assassination attempt in Lahore after he left …

In the line of fire

Pakistani journalists

THE Committee to Protect Journalists says seven Pakistani journalists were killed while working this year. The South Asian Free Media Association puts the number at 13. Whatever the actual figure, Pakistan remained one of the most dangerous countries in the world, and the deadliest country in South Asia, for journalists in 2012. Caught between state …