journalists and media workers have been killed since 2006.
9 out of 10 cases go unpunished and see perpetrators walk free.
organisations that make up the IFEX network are committed to ending impunity.
Imagine a world without impunity, where everyone is free to exercise their right to freedom of expression and information and able to access, generate and share ideas and information in any way they choose, without fear.
Human rights defenders, journalists, and critics have been targeted by the police, intelligence agencies, and pro-government media since the presidential election in 2019.
Askarov, 69, was serving a life sentence imposed after an unfair trial on politically motivated charges, for which he was arbitrarily arrested and tortured. He was in poor health and activists had been calling for his release due the threat of COVID-19.
The Supreme Court has taken notice of the abduction of the senior journalist and has asked the Islamabad police chief for a report on the incident in two weeks.