The Committee to Protect Journalists in its report has accepted the fact that Pakistan is not a safe for journalists. During last few months several journalists were killed and several others have been facing the threat, but the rulers are doing nothing for their protection. Speaking truth in Pakistan is being considered a big crime. Everyone has been told by the media outlet owners to just report the activities of the rulers. They have no right to give opinion about an issue.
Actually most the news TV channels and newspapers are owned by the rulers. They have been giving job to those people, who only reports what the rulers are saying. There was a time when the rulers wanted that terrorists should be presented as heroes and the media did the same thing. They have tried to present terrorists as heroes. Actually at that time there was impression that Bush liked the war. But now the situation has changed in Pakistan as now there is impression that the US citizens have voted Barack Obama to power for peace. But still Pakistan is dangerous place for journalists.
Escalating violence in South Asia has been putting more journalists at risk, a New York-based media watchdog said on Monday, although the most dangerous places for the profession remained Iraq, Sierra Leone and Somalia.
About 523 journalists have been killed across the world since 1998 in an 'impunity index' compiled by the CPJ, listing at least 14 states with high numbers of unsolved journalist murder cases against the size of the population.
There were nine unsolved murder cases involving journalists in Sri Lanka in the 10-year period, putting it at number four behind Iraq, Sierra Leone and Somalia. Pakistan has 10 cases of unsolved journalist killings and is ranked 10th in the index.
Elizabeth Witchel, another CPJ official, said six of 14 states in the index were from South Asia, including India, which is not at war and has functioning legal and law enforcement systems. It is ranked 14th with seven cases of unsolved murders.
Other South Asian states on the CPJ list are Afghanistan, Nepal and Bangladesh. Russia was the only European state on the list while Brazil was on list for the first time, joining Mexico and Colombia.
The CPJ again called on Philippine President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo to do more to establish the rule of law outside the capital Manila, where most of the killings of journalists in the country have taken place.
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