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Although it has a remarkably vibrant press, Pakistan only ranks at number eight on the CPJ’s 2019 Global Impunity Index that enlists countries where murders of journalists go unpunished. At least 65 journalists and media workers have been killed between 2009 and 2019. Those who survive, meanwhile, are often kidnapped, prosecuted, or driven out of their professions due to threats or dire consequences.
One such newsperson is Dulat Jan Mathal, an editor and publisher from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB), who was charged and detained in 2016 for supporting and giving coverage to local nationalists, and publishing anti-state materials.
He was released in 2018 after nearly two years in custody. The case, however, lingers on with the publications remaining shut. Voicepk.net interviewed Mathal to know his side of the story, his work, journalism in GB, and his future plans. Following are some of the excerpts of the interview.
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