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October 17, 2007

Pakistan ranked 152 on World Press Freedom Ranking

Reporters sans frontières - Annual Worldwide Press Freedom Index - PakistanReporters Without Borders has just released the latest World Press Freedom Rankings for the year 2007 and sadly Pakistan features in the bottom 20 countries coming in at rank 152 out of a total of 167 countries evaluated worldwide in terms of Press Freedom in the country. For the record Pakistan has mustered enough leverage to rise by five positions from its embarrassing 157th position last year but it still suffers some serious violation of Press Freedom quite aptly explained within the Press Release issued by RSF

Pakistan (152nd) continues to get a low ranking. All authority is concentrated in the army, led by Gen. Pervez Musharraf, who seized power in a coup in 1999. The privately-owned TV stations were prevented from working freely and dozens of reporters were beaten and arrested during a crisis precipitated by Musharraf’s dismissal of the supreme court president.

23 Comment(s)

  1. sana | Mar 15, 2008 | Reply

    i think PAKISTAN has got alot of freedom in press,more then anyother state of the in PAKISTAN,newspapers are free to write and publish anything good/bad against any renowned personality,even about the president.they(journalists)have no bounderies,as far as i have seen,and this isnt fair.

  2. mohsin | May 9, 2008 | Reply

    i think PAKISTAN media is much independent now if we coprimse it with other countries today we can see that our print and electronic media is so much independent we can argue on every topic that what ever we want to discuss. i disagree that pakistan is so much down and i criticise to those who says PAKISTAN is on 152 number in press freedom.because we can see that in major countries there is also some times banned on media.

  3. saima | May 21, 2008 | Reply

    i regret contradicting the person above who has written that there is no imposition on media in pakistan. im doing a research projct on freedom of media in pakistan and iam quite shocked to see the statistics and even more after hearing reports of journalists being killed or missing. there is a huge no. and our media is quite valiant in contradicting against the govt. if it hadnt been for this media musharraf regime would have never changed and there would not be any reforms in the country.

  4. ayesha iqbal | Nov 2, 2008 | Reply

    in evvery era of government,either it it democratic or army rule media was nubbed of pressed as the government wanted,but todays the boom of t.v cahnnels or print media as well is more free then the past,but being a media person i can’t deny this thing also that many hidden powers is still trying to use media according to their interests.and i suggest the 1st priority is the national interest,media should not work against the national interest in the name if presss freedom.

  5. humaira Abid | Nov 3, 2008 | Reply

    the freedom of Pakistani media is not enough in some regards but somehow its make fear in society on the name of awearness.

  6. Hassan | Nov 24, 2008 | Reply

    This ranking is wrong.

  7. Shahzeb | Dec 29, 2008 | Reply

    Pakistan media, both electronic and print, enjoys a lot of freedom. the media creates hype in every sphere. Yes, there are some restricts, but these are of ethical nature. Most of our journalists involve in personalization of matter, who violates the basic rules of journalism. They get favours from government, politicians and private enterprises. Individual cases of restrictions are there but the media should show maturity in its thinking.

  8. sadia jamil | Feb 6, 2009 | Reply

    “free media is no more like a search for holy grail in pakistan”.

  9. Fazeel Ahmed (Thanvi) | Apr 29, 2009 | Reply

    Well,As a Pakistani I believe that every man who will serve poor people in Pakistan can make a huge difference in our literacy rate, so why shall we all promise now that we will teach a poor person instead of wasting our time on wrong ranking, as wrong or correct ranking will not resolve our country’s problems. Weather its a literate teenager or any age category any one can contribute to teach illiterate (where there is service there lie a destination). Every tear removed from eye can contribute to save a tear of river and bring our county top of the list tomorrow! So Start contributing today as the world of tomorrow is yours! Inshallah, message to all Pakistanis of the world! Lets make our society a model to lead and make this world a better place of peace, justice which is according to our religion Islam. This goal can be only achieve when each of u will help to spread knowledge and then people would know true teaching about Islam not wrong as our religion does not tell us to attack pagan it instead tell us to for better relations with them and show then your utter most gratitude of kindness!…….Thank you!

  10. adnan | Jun 7, 2009 | Reply

    this report is not actul reallity the actul reallity is worst then this because i see by my own eyes how people has been killed here. the Govt and taliban behave with them just like animal. i include taliban here too because 26% of totle area of pakistan is under the controll of taliban….if u have an object on this plz feel free to text me on thx

  11. ghulam mustafa | Jun 13, 2009 | Reply

    Ghulam Mustafa
    M.A (Mass Communication 2nd semister)G.C.University fasalabad i think today our media is free as well as lion free in the forest media can give honour & insult to any one with out any hasitation

  12. sumaira ch. | Jun 29, 2009 | Reply

    hy there is no new discussion on this topic in 2009.
    i m also a stusdent of media in my view freedom of press is neccessary for the progress of any country bt there must also rule which media persons should try to follow

  13. Muhammad umer | Oct 5, 2009 | Reply


  14. Humna | Nov 10, 2009 | Reply

    WHAT ON EARTH??? its freaking crazy.. I am a part of Pakistani Media and we are much more free and vocal compared to many countries in the region! the rating aint fair!!! please re-establish facts with current stats!

  15. noman ali | May 1, 2010 | Reply

    these westerners dont know anything they research sitting in the bedrooms and when it comes to rating they choose whom they like on top so ignore them.and by the way how come you came to the result that pakistan is on 152 no.

  16. Muhammad bilal | May 13, 2010 | Reply

    Well i think media n press hav got much freedom in pakistan coz they are showing da reality n i believe they r playing a vital role i appreciate our media..

  17. ismail khan | Jun 10, 2010 | Reply

    u r right

  18. Mehru | May 1, 2011 | Reply

    well i wud like to put a question here..why this ranking of WRF is only talking about musharaff’s regime, though its current but why not to mention any democratic govt context in background study? though after 30 yrs of murder of Bhutto, we are opening their cases in SC, but none of us remember how he sanctioned media in his downfall. we see media was not well groomed at that time but just to stop open discussion around, he bought 60% or so ads of newspapers. what about mr. 100% govt, for impeachment of musharaff they use PTV and tagged it with the slogan of IMPEACHMENT, and now whats the stance reporters without borders when two mainstream channels are banned unjustified by our govt. this time its democratic. don’t they believe on PPP’s stance before 2008 elections??????i end up here….

  19. Ahsan | Sep 15, 2011 | Reply

    Hey, this is Ahsan (Media Person), guys that is not the exact stance to talk about, the main thing is that, if free media is doing something better for us??? or media is also affiliated with politicians or agencies?? i m 95% sure that all Pakistani media is based on scripts, means all talk shows, discussion panels are scripted.

  20. haroon | Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    according to me that our media is not playing a role which they have to play there are a lot of reasons behind it but the thing is that freedom of pakistan ranked 152 as mentioned above in report i am not agree with that as a student of media studies i think pakistani press have the full liberty as compared to any other country in the world but its conglomeration its not the freedom

  21. haroon | Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    bro its not reality its violence which they present u everyday

  22. haroon | Oct 9, 2011 | Reply


  23. haroon | Oct 9, 2011 | Reply

    its the survey nothing more

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