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CPJ’S RECOMMENDATIONSPolice officers guard the Supreme Court building in Islambad. AP/ANJUM NAVEEDThe Committee to Protect Journalists offers the following recommendations to Pakistani authorities,the Pakistani news media, and the international community.TO THE GOVERNMENT OF PAKISTANn Investigate thoroughly and prosecute all those responsiblefor the murders of Mukarram Khan Aatifand Wali Khan Babar, along with all those responsiblefor the murders of witnesses and investigatorsconnected to the Babar case. Commit sufficientresources, political support, and security to thoseinvestigations. Doing so would demonstrate thatall individuals and entities are accountable underthe law.n Reopen the 21 other unsolved journalist murdercases of the past decade. Investigate thoroughly, apprehendall those responsible, and bring about successfulprosecutions. Doing so would demonstratethe nation’s commitment to the rule of law.n Publicly disclose the findings of all official inquiriesinto attacks on journalists. In particular, releasethe findings of the official inquiry into the murderof Hayatullah Khan, who was found murdered in2006 after covering a sensitive national securitymatter.n Provide sufficient staffing, funding, and training forpolice and prosecutors. End the practice of applyingpolitical pressure on law enforcement officials.Direct the intelligence services and all other arms ofgovernment to halt all efforts to intimidate or pressurelaw enforcement.n Enact a statutory framework for the nation’s intelligenceservices, as recommended by the commissionof inquiry in the Saleem Shahzad murder. The aim,the commission said, is to make the agencies “moreaccountable through effective and suitably tailoredmechanisms of internal administrative review, andParliamentary oversight.”n As recommended by the Shahzad commission, createan ombudsman to address “grievances of anyonewho complains of misconduct, or suspected misconductby intelligence officials and agents.” Newsmedia complaints, as the commission urged, “shouldbe treated with particular seriousness.”n Consider the adoption of journalist protectioninitiatives modeled on those in other nations. Theyinclude measures such as those in Mexico, whichfederalized crimes against journalists and establisheda federal special prosecutor’s office for crimesagainst free expression, and in Colombia, whichprovides security directly to journalists under threat.n Cooperate fully in the creation and implementationof programs promoted through the U.N. Action Planon Security of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.Through its delegations to the United Nations, supportfunding and other resources needed for theplan to move forward.38 Committee to Protect Journalists

In Karachi, flags billow in the wind just before Independence Day. REUTERS/ATHAR HUSSAINn Create the necessary legal framework for the issuanceof private broadcast licenses in the tribal areas.Set standards that are equitable with those appliedelsewhere in the country, and issue licenses in atimely manner.n Ensure that international news media are allowedaccess to Baluchistan and the tribal areas.TO PAKISTANI NEWS MEDIAn Expand and strengthen security training and protocolsacross the profession. Training should be providedto journalists at news organizations of all sizesand to freelance journalists. Work with local andinternational NGOs that are engaged in this process.n Expand and strengthen existing cooperative professionalefforts, ensuring that all key professionalgroups are represented. Speak with a unified voicein condemning and seeking action in response toattacks, threats, and intimidation of the news media.Consider drafting and promoting professionalguidelines to assist journalists and news organizationsconfronting issues of security and ethics. InColombia, for example, news organizations cametogether to develop guidelines for covering violentconflict.n Work cooperatively to create and implement programspromoted through the U.N. Action Plan onSecurity of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.n Report on issues of anti-press violence, includingindividual attacks, threats, and intimidation of thenews media, and Pakistan’s broad progress in implementingthe U.N. Action Plan.n Promote higher educational opportunities for journalists.Most universities offer undergraduate andgraduate courses in media studies or communications,but not in journalism. Large media houses andprofessional groups, in particular, should prioritizeand provide support for the establishment of UrduandEnglish-language journalism schools.TO THE INTERNATIONAL COMMUNITYn U.N. member states should support the funding and resourcesneeded to fully implement the U.N. Action Planon Security of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.n International donors should provide financial supportand expertise for security training of Pakistanijournalists. Donors should focus on initiatives aimedat freelance journalists and those who work for midsizeand small news outlets.n International news organizations should ensurethat security training is provided to all of their localjournalists. International news outlets should closelyexamine the extreme risks their local journalistsface, adjust their policies in conformance with thoserisks, and ensure those policies are fully explained tojournalists in the field. The U.S. Broadcasting Boardof Governors should pay special attention to theunique risks that journalists face when working forU.S. government-funded news agencies.ROOTS OF IMPUNITY 39

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