Friday, February 16, 2007


A delegation of media advocacy groups, including the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ), Free Media Movement (FMM) and Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières, RSF), is planning to visit Pakistan from 21 to 25 February 2007 to discuss press freedom concerns with government officials.
Organised in collaboration with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, the delegation will be comprised of local and international journalists.
The aim of the mission is to focus international and local attention on the increasingly dangerous conditions in which journalists are forced to work, and to meet with officials to find solutions to the problem.
IFJ says press freedom and the safety of journalists in Pakistan have deteriorated in recent months. Since May 2006, four journalists have been killed and four others detained and tortured by intelligence agencies. The brothers of two journalists were also murdered, and scores of other journalists physically attacked and threatened.