138 journalists killed in Pakistan since 1990
ISLAMABAD: At least 138 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1990, according to the International Federation of Journalists (ICJ).
On Friday, the ICJ issued the 'White Paper on Global Journalism' which listed five nations -- Iraq, Mexico, the Philippines, Pakistan, and India -- as the "most dangerous countries for practice of journalism in the world", Dawn news reported.
to the White Paper, in the Indian sub-continent, murders of journalists
in Pakistan (138) and in India (116) have featured almost every year in
the killed list since 1990, making up 40 per cent of the total deaths
in the Asia Pacific region.
In 2020, the IFJ has recorded 42 killings of journalists (49 in 2019) and media staff so far in targeted attacks, bomb blasts and cross-fire incidents in 15 countries since the start of the year.
This year, four Pakistani journalists -- Aziz Menon, Javedullah Khan, Anwar Jan, Shaheena Shaheen -- lost their lives.
Following Jan's murder on July 23 in Balochistan province, a series of protests broke out calling for justice.