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Dangerous places for a journalist to survive, World Press Freedom Index

The life of a journalist is very hard one without the added threat on their life.

An international index for press freedom has placed Pakistan among the most dangerous countries for journalists along with the Philippines and Bangladesh, the media reported on the 3rd of November.

The 2017 World Press Freedom Index, prepared by international media advocacy group Reporters without Borders (RSF), ranked Pakistan 139th out of 180 countries surveyed for the report, India came in the 136th rank.

In 2016, Pakistan was ranked in the 136th position.

Although the two countries have more freedom of press when compared with other nation’s targeted killing by terrorists, religious gangs and mafia make them dangerous for journalists.

Committee to Protect Journalists, a New York based organization have listed 60 journalists that have been killed in Pakistan since 1994.

 The nine-member list is topped by Iran, followed by Syria and Mexico. Afghanistan was placed seventh on the list.

The RSF cites the Asia-Pacific region as the third worst violator overall.

“Two of its countries, China (176th) and Vietnam (175th), are the world’s biggest prisons for journalists and bloggers. It has some of the most dangerous countries for journalists: Pakistan (139th), Philippines (127th) and Bangladesh (146th).

 “It also has the biggest number of ‘press freedom predators’ at the head of the world’s worst dictatorships, including China, North Korea (180th), and Laos (170th), which are news and information black holes,” the RSF added. 


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