Subverting the Media

Another journalist murdered and this time it was Tehrik-e Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who took the responsibility of the attack. Mukarram Khan Atif was gunned down in Charsadda by the assailants, while praying at a mosque. Unfortunately, Pakistan is now being deemed as one of the most dangerous places globally for journalists, where according to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), at least 17 journalists and media workers were killed in 2011. The journalist community has become caught in the middle of a conflict and is now easy pickings for both state and non-state actors. Among them another journalist was Saleem Shahzad. Recently the judicial commission investigating the murder of Saleem Shahzad concluded its activities and presented a report on the incident, which has been termed as inconclusive. The commission was not able to find the culprits who kidnapped the journalist from Islamabad in May and tortured him to death. The murderers roam free and remain out of grasp of the legal justice system, in probably every case where the media has been the victim. Unless and until the culprits attacking and subverting media freedom are not challenged and brought to justice, these incidents will continue to take place.