Reporting in Pakistan

Apr 5, 2012

Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world to be a journalist.

That's according to Reporters without Borders. The group reports that in 2011, 10 journalists were killed in Pakistan. A total of 66 were killed worldwide. 

Perhaps the most famous of these deaths was the case of Syed Saleem Shahzad. The bureau chief for Asia Times Online was found apparently tortured to death. Prior to that, Shahzad had reported feeling threatened by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence Agency, or ISI.

Shahzad’s case, and others, raises some important questions: How did it get so dangerous? How has reporting changed in Pakistan? And how do journalists protect themselves? 

Guest host Rehman Tungekar was joined by two journalists that have reported extensively in Pakistan.

Mehboob Ali is a correspondent for the Geo TV network, where he reports from the north of the country. 

Aneela Khalid Khan is a correspondent for Mashaal Radio, which is a Pashto broadcasting channel of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.