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Pakistan below Afghanistan in Press Freedom Index

PESHAWAR: Press freedom situation went from bad to worse in Pakistan as the country was ranked 151 in a global media organisation’s World Press Freedom Index for 2011-12 – a point below Afghanistan (150th) – as violence remained the main concern for journalists, under constant threat from Taliban, religious extremists, separatist movements and political groups. […]

‘Journalists not safe in Balochistan’

QUETTA: Expressing concerns over the appalling working conditions for journalists in Balochistan, some senior journalists of the province have said that intolerance among political and religious parties, government institutions and armed groups often created problems for the community. They said such intolerance often resulted in threats to journalists, which always kept them under pressure. Quetta […]

Protest against journalist’s killing

Amanullah Kasi QUETTA: The Balochistan Union of Journalists (BUJ) and Hazara Democratic Party (HDP) held demonstrations on Friday in protest against the killing of journalist Mukarram Khan Atif and kidnapping of four people belonging to the Hazara community. In their separate demonstrations near the press club, members of the BUJ and activists of the HDP […]

Journalists condemn killing of Voice of America reporter

By Manzoor Ali Say working for US-funded organisations does not justify murder. PESHAWAR: A protest was staged by journalists in Peshawar on Thursday to condemn the killing of a colleague from Mohmand Agency. The protestors also demanded the Taliban to explain their position over the killing of Mukkaram Khan and other journalists. The Khyber Union […]

HRCP slams murder of yet another journalist

Lahore, January 18: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has condemned the assassination of journalist Mukarram Khan Atif by armed men in Charsadda and expressed concern that journalists’ killings have continued across the country in spite of assurances by the authorities. A statement issued by HRCP on Wednesday said: “It is exceedingly unfortunate that […]

Mohmand journalist shot dead

Faiz Muhammad CHARSADDA: Mukaram Khan Atif, a journalist from Mohmand Agency, was gunned down in a mosque in Shabqadar on Tuesday. According to police, he was offering Maghrib prayer when two men entered the mosque in Pahlawan Gilla and opened fire on him. He suffered head injuries and was taken to a local hospital where […]


Press Freedom in Pakistan Press freedom has never been consistent in Pakistan. Different regimes used legal and constitutional means to control the press from public debate and criticism. In it sixty years of history, Pakistan has been ruled by military more than the civilian. Press in Pakistan usually faces threats, violence, economic pressure, etc. The […]


Introduction Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is an independent media research, documentation and training centre working to promote and defend freedom of press.  Press Freedom Report 2011 At least 42 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in Pakistan in last ten years and 29 of them deliberately targeted and murdered because of their […]