Targeted on all sides

Journalists are targeted by extremist groups, Islamist organizations and Pakistan’s feared intelligence organizations, all of which are on RSF’s list of predators of press freedom. Although at war with each other, they are all always ready to denounce acts of “sacrilege” by the media. Inevitably, self-censorship is widely practiced within news organizations. The Pakistani media are nonetheless regarded as among the freest in Asia when it comes to covering the squabbling among politicians.

in the 2016 World Press Freedom Index



159 in 2015

Global score


50.46 in 2015

  • 0
    journalists killed in 2017
  • 0
    netizens killed in 2017
  • 0
    media assistants killed in 2017
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