Protection of journalists

February 8, 2016 at 2:43 pm

Sir: It is a fact that journalists play an important role in the development of a nation. The UN marked November 2 as the International Day to End Impunity for the crimes against journalists, but majority of journalists are not safe. They are victimised everywhere in the world. Over the past decade, 700 journalists have been killed in the world while performing their duties.

In fact, Pakistan has been selected as one of the five pilot countries in the world for the implementation of a UN Plan of Action on Impunity against journalists which is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world for practising journalism.

According to a report released by the Pakistan Press Foundation, more than 70 journalists and other media workers have lost their lives since 2001 in Pakistan. Majority of journalists are being attacked by unknown gunmen, and mostly their killers go unpunished in Pakistan.

I humbly request the government to take measures for the protection of journalists.

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