For some years now, Pakistan has been termed the deadliest country in the world for practicing journalists. The death toll of journalists killed in Pakistan continued to rise in the first decade of the new millennium. The Federally Administered Tribal Areas, or FATA, along the Pakistan-Afghanistan border remain one of the most dangerous newsbeats in the whole country. A large number of journalists from FATA have been forced to relocate over the last decade in view of threats to life and property, some quitting journalism and others persistent despite the mounting threats. The number of journalists in FATA, one of the most active newsbeats in internationally, is dwindling. In a region with a population of over 5 million, out of the 250 member journalists of the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ), many are forced to report on their region while staying out of the tribal agencies in FATA.
This report, consolidates findings from six months of sustained research and monitoring of issues and threats faced by the journalist community in FATA. The first part, consisting of original research surveys, conducted among a representative sample of FATA journalists, maps the landscape that the journalists are working in and takes a deep look at various factors affecting their lives and professional commitments.
This report is part of an effort to support journalists and journalism in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) bordering Afghanistan through monitoring, research and analysis of the state of media in the region. Intermedia Pakistan seeks to build capacity, awareness and expertise of journalists in FATA, most of whom work in a complete absence of local media infrastructure.
This report combines the findings of ten months of research & monitoring for monthly FATA Media Review Reports conducted in the period August 2011 and May 2012. It is part of an initiative supported by the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office but the responsibility of the research and analysis is Intermedia’s alone.
The full report can be downloaded here reporting from the frontline final