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.