FutureChallenges.org is a global project with a blogger network that stretches across the world. The FutureChallenges team is thus informed about the working conditions for journalists and bloggers in many countries.
Recently, the journalist Saleem Shahzad has been killed in Pakistan after he had been reporting on the connections between the Pakistani intelligence agency and al Qaeda. Admiral Mike Mullen, who is the top officer in the US military, has said that the Pakistani government has sanctioned Shahzad’s killing. Even before this Pakistan has been the most dangerous place for journalists.
FutureChallenges’ regional editor Farhan Janjua from Pakistan interviews Pakistani journalists asking whether they feel safe any longer in their home country and what they think the future of Pakistani journalism could look like. It turns out that even people using Twitter and Facebook could be threatened. Nevertheless, they all stress the need for independent reporting including bloggers and people using social media to speak out.