Journalists under threat - Pakistan

Proper law and order can stem killings

File photo of an employee working at the control room of the Geo News television channel in Karachi.
File photo of an employee working at the control room of the Geo News television channel in Karachi. PHOTO: REUTERS

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation has designated Nov 2 as the International Day To End Impunity For Crimes Against Journalists. It has also launched a global #TruthNeverDies campaign and with the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers, urges news publishers worldwide to raise awareness of journalist killings and the cases where those responsible went unpunished. The Straits Times looks at conditions in Pakistan and India, which rank 9th and 14th respectively on a list of 14 countries identified by the Committee to Protect Journalists where such impunity is entrenched.

On the day he should have earned kudos for his scoop on the drug trade, Mr Sohail Khan was murdered instead.

The father of two, working for Urdu daily K2newspaper and TV channel, was shot to death on Oct 16 in Haripur, the hilly eastern district in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. He had been receiving death threats and had filed a request for protection at the local police station. But there was none.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 03, 2018, with the headline 'Proper law and order can stem killings'. Print Edition | Subscribe