Pakistan was ranked in 2010 as
the most dangerous country in the world in which to work as a journalist.
the 16 media personnel killed there during 2010, eight were murdered while
eight were killed in cross-fire incidents. The killings continue.
authorities have not prosecuted perpetrators in any single case of the murder
of a Pakistani journalist. Only in the internationally high-profile case of
American Daniel Pearl has a conviction been secured.
works closely with the Pakistan Federal Union of
Journalists to campaign for safety and protection, improved working
conditions for media personnel, and press freedom in Pakistan.
It has assisted the PFUJ to
establish a union secretariat in Islamabad,
following a long local and international campaign in 2007 against severe
restrictions on the media under the regime of then President Pervez Musharraf.
When emergency rule was
imposed in November 2007, IFJ Asia-Pacific
coordinated a Global Day of
Action in support of journalists in Pakistan, and sent an emergency
mission to the country. (See Emergency
in Pakistan report and the November
2007 Islamabad Declaration)
After national elections in
February 2008, another IFJ mission met with the country’s new power-holders,
who promised to revoke anti-media and anti-labour laws, and uphold press
freedom. (See Pakistan:
A Fresh Start for Democracy)
continuing work with the PFUJ includes activities that address safety and
protection of journalists, union development and press freedom advocacy. Programs
include training workshops, national seminars, research missions and
international advocacy actions.
work is supported by a range of funders including LO-TCO, the Swedish trade
union movement. With European Union support, IFJ Asia-Pacific’s
Media for Democracy in Pakistan began
in 2011 in the aim of strengthening journalists’ ability to defend and promote
a free, ethical and independent media in Pakistan.
State of Denial: Pakistan Mission Report February 2007
of Ethics: Press in Chains in Pakistan
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