and media workers operating in Balochistan,
province, operate in an extremely difficult and tense environment. A persistent
long-running separatist movement in the province is focused on securing local
control of the area’s rich natural resources and defending the identity and
rights of the Baloch community. Even as the province is considered by some as
“Taliban Central”, the province’s difficulties do not attract international headlines
in the same way as insurgencies in North-West Frontier Province and the
Federally Administered Tribal Areas.
personnel in Balochistan contend with alarmingly regular violence and threats
as a consequence of their work, leading to widespread self-censorship. The
difficulties are compounded by a historic failure to provide adequate
professional training for local media personnel, the unwillingness of media
proprietors to pay reasonable wages and support the safety of their workers,
and a related attitude among some that media work is not a profession but
merely a means to secure financial or political benefits by other means.
attached report was commissioned by the International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ), in alliance with its affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union
of Journalists (PFUJ), to assess the situation on the ground for journalists working
in an area from which little information is usually available.
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