Pakistan rated among most dangerous countries for journalists
Reporters Without Border known as RSF:
According to RSF’s World Press Freedom Index 2018 report, Pakistan has been announced as one of the foulest country for the journalists. Reporters Without Borders (RWB, better known as RSF) is a non-profit organization that promotes and protects the press freedom all over the world. This report is concerned with the problems faced by the journalists in their countries such as threats, physical abuse, government pressure, and political leverage. Based on the detailed and well-analyzed aspects regarding journalism in a region, it ranks from best to worst countries for the press freedom.
Further, it gives the scores to the countries ranging from 0 to 100 to highlight the level of abuse, underlying situation, and overall global score. The lower the score, the better the region for the journalism. Based on the score, the countries are categorized with a color on the world map. As such:
- White for “Good”
- Orange for “Fairly Good”
- Red for “Bad”
- Black for “Very Bad”
The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by international media advocacy group Reporters Without Borders (RSF), ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries surveyed for the report. In 2016, Pakistan was 146th. India is 136th in the report.
Although the two South Asian countries have more press freedom than many other nations, targeted killing by terrorists, religious gangs and mafia make them dangerous for journalists, the report said.
The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists has listed 60 journalists who have been killed in Pakistan since 1994, although it did not place Pakistan among the most dangerous countries this year.
Iraq tops this nine-member list, followed by Syria and Mexico. Afghanistan was placed at number seven.
As per the report, “The Pakistani media are regarded as among the most vibrant in Asia but they are targeted by extremist groups, Islamist organizations and the feared intelligence agencies, all of which are on RSF’s list of predators of press freedom. The various warring parties are always ready to denounce acts of ‘sacrilege’ by the media. The central and regional governments and members of political and religious organizations are also quick to harass, threaten, or physically attack journalists regarded as insufficiently sympathetic to their views. Deadly attacks against journalists continue to take place every year, even if the number has tended to fall in the past five years.”
RSF also includes a ‘Barometer’ of journalists killed for making ‘unsympathetic’ reports. Unfortunately, Pakistan has one or two names in the list each year from 2015 to 2018. You can check the barometer from here.
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