Pakistan ranked 'most dangerous place for journalists' second year running

Published: November 21, 2012

"Pakistan was world's deadliest country for journalists for the second year running," said Reporters without Borders. PHOTO: FILE

Endemic violence, targeted attacks and threats against journalists in Pakistan have contributed to a ranking of 151 out of 179 countries worldwide on the 2011-2012 Press Freedom Index issued by Reporters without Borders on Wednesday, reported Journalism Pakistan.

Journalists in Pakistan are victims of target killings and are under constant threat from the Taliban and other terrorist groups contributing to its fast growing reputation as one of the “world’s deadliest country for journalists.”

So much so that the press release from Reporters without Border stated, “Pakistan (151) was the world’s deadliest country for journalists for the second year running.”

Such is the security situation in Pakistan, that it was sandwiched between Afghanistan (150) and Iraq (152).

Somalia, a country that has been at war for 20 years, was ranked at 164, proving to be an incredibly dangerous location for members of the press.

Iran, well-known for its persecution of the media, was ranked at 175 on the index.

India was ranked 131 on the index.

Reader Comments (12)

  • Cautious
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:32PM

    It would be interesting to stack up Gaza against Pakistan – I suspect Gaza might be considered a better place in some categories – they certainly get/deserve sympathy where Pakistan gets/deserves little.Recommend

  • indian
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:39PM

    extremely disappointed with the rankings……………..freedom of press is being restricted in world’s largest democracy………………………..the arrest of the 2 girls (though released now) adds to further woes………….

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  • Kamran Naqvi
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:43PM

    The credit for this achievement goes to the PPP & it’s coalition partners (ANP, MQM, Q-League) !!
    Lotto aur Phutto !!!!!Recommend

  • Human
    Nov 21, 2012 - 9:48PM

    Not only journalists. Pakistan is unsafe for everyone keeping in mind that over 1800 people have died this year in various incidents.

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  • just_someone
    Nov 22, 2012 - 1:26AM

    /start{sarcasm}
    No.1 baby!!! Yeah!!!
    Lets again be proud of being the best in one of the worst things imaginable!
    /end{sarcasm}

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  • Nov 22, 2012 - 5:33AM

    Waiting for some genius to pin this blame on the military too, after all, every other ill in the country is the military’s fault right? Like the weather, how bad my food smelt last night etc. etc.

    Fact is Pakistan has been run by a civilian government for the past 5 years. This is fairly and squarely their fault and their coalition partners fault (including PML-N)

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  • Nov 22, 2012 - 5:44AM

    Stay safe, Pakistani journalists. Wish there was more protection from extremist criminals, and including from the state itself. Its a miserable situation.

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  • Muhammard Rizwan Ali
    Nov 22, 2012 - 8:54AM

    We pray to God for the safety of all Journalists

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  • indian
    Nov 22, 2012 - 4:01PM

    @Muhammard Rizwan Ali: first pray for ur safety…..lol,then journalist then people and then zoo animals …lol

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  • gp65
    Nov 25, 2012 - 9:36AM

    Well one thing this does speak to is courage of Pakistani journalists. Stay safe.Recommend

  • Toba Alu
    Nov 27, 2012 - 6:32AM

    @Muhammard Rizwan Ali:

    Praying does not help much, you are still number one! There are however other options, but for that you must open your eyes, read a few other books and get your act together.

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  • Noshad
    Dec 2, 2012 - 4:12AM

    I conden attempted sucide bomb attack on journilst Hamid Mir by Taliban, because of
    Taliban hitmen shot Malala on her school bus in Pakistan’s northwestern Swat Valley. She had campaigned for girls’ rights to education. The 15-year-old survived. Pakistan is world’s deadliest country for journalists.Recommend

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