Pakistani journalists condemn violence against media workers
Tue Jan 29, 2013 4:47AM
Pakistan is considered as one of the dangerous places for journalists in the world. In an effort to demand better security, Pakistani journalists have staged a sit-in outside the Parliament in the capital Islamabad.Hundreds of Pakistani journalists took to the streets in the capital Islamabad to condemn the growing violence against media workers in the country. These journalists from across the country have camped outside the Parliament to highlight their sufferings while performing duty. International watchdogs have ranked Pakistan as one of the most dangerous countries for journalists in the world. At least 50 journalists have been killed while on duty during the past 10 years. The growing violence against journalists in Pakistan is attributed to the security situation the country has been facing ever since it joined the US-led so-called war on terror. Journalist associations have voiced their concerns over what they call authorities failure to protect media persons. But, this is not the only problem the journalists are dealing with in Pakistan. The job security and lack of implementation of wage board awards by media owners are also compounding their miseries. Pakistan has seen mushroom growth of private television channels during last few years. But recent economic recession has made many journalists jobless in the country. These journalists have said they will continue their sit-in protest until their demands are met.