Pakistan News : Pakistan is still considered to be a dangerous country for journalists as a latest report by Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said on Wednesday that seven Pakistani journalists were killed in 2013 in the line of duty.
The 2014 World Press Freedom Index report especially mentioned Saifur Rehman and Imran Shaikh – martyrs of the Samaa Family – who embraced martyrdom in January 2013.
The report said that out of seven journalists, who were murdered in connection with their work, four died in Balochistan.
The annual report blamed Pakistan government for its inability to provide justice, saying that the government seems powerless against the Taliban, Jihadis and other armed groups.
It said that armed groups in Pakistan pose biggest threat to Pakistani journalists.
In view of the above facts, Pakistan’s position in the latest global press freedom index stayed at 158 out of 180 countries.
Elsewhere in Indian sub-continent, the report said that a record number of eight journalists and one media worker were killed in India in 2013. Half of these deaths were premeditated reprisals.
“This was twice the 2012 death toll and more than the death toll in Pakistan, long the world’s deadliest country for media personnel,” it said, adding criminal organizations, security forces, demonstrators and armed groups all pose a threat to India’s journalists.
The violence and the resulting self-censorship is encouraged by the lack of effective investigations by local authorities, who are often quick to abandon them, and inaction on the part of the federal authorities.
India’s ranking in the index is 140.
The report termed 2013 as grim year for freedom of information in Bangladesh as well. Independent bloggers, especially those covering the trials of former political leaders accused of war crimes during the 1971 independence war, have been the targets of constant physical attacks since February.
One, Ahmed Rajib Haider, was hacked to death. Another, Asif Mohiuddin, was stabbed by Islamist activists who accused him of blasphemy and insulting the Prophet.
Journalists were targeted by both police and rioting protesters during a series of demonstrations from May to October to demand a blasphemy law. The February 2012 murders of journalists Sagar Sarowar and Meherun Runi are still unpunished. Agencies