Pakistan has slid even further down the list of countries in terms of protection for journalists, according to a report released on World Press Freedom Day by Reporters Without Borders (RSF).
According to the RSF study, Pakistan has dropped 12 places to rank 157 out of 180 countries, a 12-point decline. Pakistan was rated 145th on the list the previous year.
Kazim Khan, President of the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), expressed his concern about the deteriorating scenario by saying that while one can disagree with editorial policy, no one has the authority to impose their judgment on an institution.
Karachi Press Club President Fazil Jamili stated that personal interests will take precedence over all other considerations in order to maintain freedom of expression.
Every year on May 3, World Press Freedom Day to draw attention to the fundamental principles of press freedom and to present the current state of journalism to the rest of the world.
This day is also observed to express sympathy with and pay respect to journalists who have been killed, injured, or otherwise harmed while carrying out their duties around the world.