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Journalists: Prime target in Pakistan

MCB Tower in Karachi, Pakistan
 
Khawaja Umer Farooq 
Wednesday, December 26, 2012 – In third world countries media and journalists are still paying ahigh price to expose truth in front of modern world. According to organization Reporters Without A Border 88 journalists lost their lives in 2012 while covering wars and gang battles in different countries. Recent killing of Journalists and media persons Increased 33 percent compare to last year’s statistics. The reason for the large number of journalists killed in 2012 is mainly wars in Syria, Somalia, Pakistan, Libya and drugs and gangs wars in Mexico. Syria again proved deadliest country for journalist in 2012, Twenty eight journalists lost their lives in Syria while coveringstreet fights between Free Syrian Army and Assad forces. Fifteen Journalist lost their lives in Somalia while covering conflict between government and Al shabab rebels. Mexico drug and gang war took further twelve lives of journalist most of them kidnapped and killed brutally by notorious drug gangs. Pakistan is still hard field for journalist. According to media news another Pakistani journalist was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the southwest Baluchistan province.

The dead body of a another kidnapped Pakistani journalist was discovered in Karachi last week. Local daily reporter was kidnapped just week ago. At least eleven journalists have died in Pakistan since the beginning of 2012. The statistics by Committee to Protect Journalists says that 42 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992 most of them killed while covering US led war on terror and increasing violence in Baluchistan and Karachi. In Pakistan media is facing pressure from both sides Militants groups have also issued their own guidelines for media and want to use media for their propaganda purpose.

Journalists are covering most dangerous assignments without any protection in areas border with Afghanistan. Pakistan government forces cant able to go inside tribal areas all news are coming through local media. In countries where all political and sectarian groups have their own arm militias media is paying high price to exposing the truth. Now due to media revolution and general public awareness every one want to present his point of view on media. Different talk show have got widely public attention and journalist have become prime target for militants, ethnic and sectarian groups.

—Jeddah, KSA

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