A Decade of Impunity: Crimes against journalists remain high in Pakistan


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Freedom Network (FN), a leading independent media and civil liberties organization in Pakistan, has launched its annual impunity 2022 report according to which of 53 Pakistani journalists killed in the country between 2012 and 2022 the perpetrators were convicted in only two murder cases.  

The 32-page report “The Killing Fields: No Justice for Pakistan’s Murdered Journalists” has been launched ahead of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, which is observed on November 2 each year. The FN’s report and the international day also coincide with the recent brutal killing of Pakistani journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya.

Fifty of the journalists targeted in the line of duty were killed on the spot by their attackers while at least three were kidnapped and taken away before being killed.–FN report.
According to the FN report, among 53 journalists killed, two were female journalists–Urooj Iqbal in Punjab and Shaheena Shaheen in Balochistan. Both were allegedly killed by their husbands, in separate incidents.

“This open-ended impunity for crimes against journalists and media in Pakistan is taking an ugliest shape and latest killing of under-threat journalist Arshad Sharif in Kenya reminds us how stronger perpetrators of crime and press freedom predators are getting,” said Iqbal Khattak, Executive Director of Freedom Network.

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