Pakistan: Media Under Attack

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.


Additional Resources:



State of Denial: Pakistan Mission Report February 2007



of Ethics: Press in Chains in Pakistan



Safety Posters and Brochures:


Safety 22 Steps Brochure - English

Safety 22 Steps Brochure - Urdu

Safety 22 Steps Poster - English

Safety 22 Steps Poster - Urdu

Threats Poster - English - FINAL

Threats Poster - Urdu - FINAL