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Extreme fear and self-censorship: civic space and media freedom under threat in Pakistan says ARTICLLE 19
Press Release

Extreme fear and self-censorship: civic space and media freedom under threat in Pakistan says ARTICLLE 19

Dhaka, 13 August 2020: ARTICLE 19, South Asia expresses deep concern over the persistent deterioration of Pakistan’s civic space and media freedom at the advent the country going to celebrate its 74th Independence Day on 14th August this year. Pakistan ranked 145 out of 180 countries – falling three places from 2019 – in Reporters Without Borders’ (RSF) 2020 World Press Freedom Index. The Pakistan's global index rank declined for several issues such as killings of journalists, restrictions imposed on news media, withdrawal of government ads, harassment, intimidation, violation of independent journalism, detention, abduction, and frivolous lawsuits against journalists. The Freedom Network – a Pakistan-based media and development sector watchdog – found over 90 cases of “attacks and violati...