Pakistan fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists: report

By AFP
Published: February 4, 2016
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BRUSSELS: Pakistan has been ranked the fourth most dangerous country in the world for journalists, with a total of 115 killings since 1990.

According to a report issued by International Federation of Journalists, at least 2,297 journalists and media workers have been killed in the last 25 years, with Iraq ranking as the most deadly country.

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Journalists lost their lives in targeted killings, bomb attacks, in the cross-fire and kidnappings in wars and armed conflicts across the globe while others were killed by organised crime barons and corrupt officials, the IFJ said.

Some 112 journalists and media professionals were killed last year alone, although the peak year was 155 killings in 2006, it said.

“At least 2,297 journalists and media staff have been killed since 1990,” the report said.

With just one out of 10 killings investigated, the IFJ said failure to end the impunity for killings and other attacks on media professionals only fuels the violence against them.

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“This milestone publication charts the trajectory of safety crisis in journalism and bears witness to the IFJ’s long running campaign to end impunity for violence against media professionals,” IFJ President Jim Boumelha said in a statement.

“These annual reports were more than just about recording the killings of colleagues,” Boumelha said.

“They also represented our tribute for their courage and the ultimate sacrifice paid by journalists in their thousands who lost their lives fulfilling the role to inform and empower the public,” he added.

No country for journalists

The following countries accounted for the highest numbers of killings: Iraq (309), the Philippines (146), Mexico (120), Pakistan (115), Russian Federation (109), Algeria (106), India (95), Somalia (75), Syria (67) and Brazil (62).

In 2015, ten journalists and staff died in France when militants attacked the satirical weekly Charlie Hebdo in Paris, meaning France shared the top spot with Iraq and Yemen last year for media killings.

Since 1990, the Asia Pacific region registered the highest death toll at 571, followed by the Middle East with 473 killings, the Americas at 472, Africa at 424, and Europe with 357 dead.

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The IFJ called on government officials, security and military officers and others who deal with them to respect their independence.

It urged “governments to comply with their international obligations by investigating journalists’ killings and bringing those responsible to justice, thus deterring future violence.”

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  • Disgusting
    Feb 4, 2016 - 12:06PM

    The term Journalist has become a misnomer in Pakistan.Would someone tell us how many studied journalism and qualified from what institution? Local relatives and jobless friends are hired to report and their lack of basic education and manners are visible from their ‘reporting’. Same goes for the female newsreaders who lack journalistic manners and are hired to shriek upto annoying levels! Recommend

  • Observer
    Feb 4, 2016 - 12:36PM

    Yet another development that calls for celebration. A few years ago, Pakistan was the most dangerous country for journalists. To top it, it is the only SAARC country to have improved on this front.Recommend

  • Feb 4, 2016 - 1:47PM

    Nobody will be surprised to see this report.Recommend

  • Naeem
    Feb 4, 2016 - 2:43PM

    However, the journalists in Pakistan are most dangerous too. They can say anything about anybody at anytime. They don’t even spare the weakly positioned minorities & suddenly create life threatening situation for them. Recommend

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