The media face growing censorship, attacks and harassment in Pakistan that threaten press freedom, a journalists’ union said Monday on World Press Freedom Day.
The government said there were no restrictions on journalists in the country.
There were 148 documented attacks or violations against journalists in Pakistan between May 2020 and April 2021 – an increase from previous years, according to Dawn. He said those incidents included six murders, seven attempted assassinations, five kidnappings, 25 arrests or detentions of journalists, 15 assaults and 27 legal proceedings against journalists.
On Monday, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists President Shahzada Zulfiqar and Secretary General Nasir Zaidi said press freedom would not be “given up at any cost.”