WPFD 2008

It is welcome that some of the emergency restrictions on the media in
Pakistan are being lifted. But other restrictions remain. Journalists must
also contend with the threat of violence. Pakistan is not alone in this.
Sri Lanka has seen over 20 incidents of violence against journalists this
year. There has been a rise in violent incidents also in Assam in North-East
India. A journalist was beaten to death there in April by unknown
assailants. Journalists have an important job to do — to tell people what
is going on, so that they can have good information on which to form their
opinions. It is remarkable how many continue to do this job despite the
threats and difficulties.

David Spark
Commonwealth Journalists Association Newsletter

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