Threats to Journalists

Media Freedom…For Militants

Apr 2nd, 2014 | By | Category: Censorship, Express Tribune, Threats to Journalists

Any pretense of media freedom was washed away by the ink in Kamal Siddiqi’s pen when he wrote to instruct Express Tribune reporters to write “nothing against any militant organisationand its allies like the Jamaat-e-Islami, religious parties and the Tehrik-e-Insaf”. This is not a judgment against Express Media Group which has suffered repeated terrorist attacks, including the recent […]



Media’s Role In Undermining National Unity

Apr 16th, 2013 | By | Category: Dawn, Ethics, Threats to Journalists

The role of media is to inform and perhaps to entertain. We look to news programmes to give us insights into what is happening in the world around us, and we look to dramas and other entertainment programmes to give us a momentary distraction from the pressures of daily life. Sometimes, however, the media can […]



Pakistani Journalists Honored For Commitment to Free Expression

Dec 27th, 2012 | By | Category: Threats to Journalists

Two journalists of Pakistan have been honored by the international organization Human Rights Watch for their commitment to free expression and their courage in the face of persecution. The awardees each received 2012 Hellman/Hammett grants of up to $10,000 to assist the writers who may have trouble finding paid work or who face legal or medical expenses. […]



Media Under Siege

Feb 16th, 2012 | By | Category: Threats to Journalists

On Monday’s Capital Talk, Hamid Mir reviewed a clip from the Difa-e-Pakistan Council’s rally in Karachi on Sunday. At issue was something that has become a troubling trend in Pakistan – threats to journalists. For those who do not understand Urdu, please allow me to explain. The clip that Hamid Mir played shows Qari Sheikh […]



Actually, security is a “known unkown” for many

Jan 7th, 2012 | By | Category: Jang, The News, Threats to Journalists

In an editorial published on Friday, The News (Jang Group) belittles Husain Haqqani’s concerns for his safety as there have “been no fulminating clerics calling for Haqqani’s demise, nor protests or rallies against his alleged treachery”. As journalists, we find it particularly troubling that The News would require such a burden of proof of threats to […]



Threats to Journalists: When Will the Court Take Notice?

Dec 21st, 2011 | By | Category: Geo TV, Threats to Journalists

For the second year in a row, Pakistan has been awarded the dubious title of ‘deadliest nation for journalists’ according to the international organization Committee to Protect Journalists. The most shocking event, obviously, was the brutal murder of Saleem Shahzad, a case that has followed the usual path to a dusty shelf where it will […]



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