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The Taliban's War on Journalists

Pakistan, January 03, 2014: Journalists in Karachi protest against the killing of local journalist Shan Dhar.
For several years, Pakistan has been one of the deadliest countries in the world for the media, but targeted murders of journalists working in the country's northwestern province in the first few weeks of the year and a fatwa against them last October have prompted them to demand that the government respond.

RFE/RL reports on the journalists' demands and the complexity of the threats against them here. According to Sharifuddin, a TV reporter in Peshawar, "On the one hand journalists are being killed and tortured by security agencies. On the other, the terrorists too target them."

RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal provides more reporting on politics in Pakistan's northwestern province and in the tribal regions along the border with Afghanistan here.