According to a latest report, 16 Pakistani journalists have gone into exile since 2010 due to ‘work-related persecution’.
According to the data collated by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the total number of journalists who had to flee their homeland worldwide was over 450, reported the Dawn.
The report, which included only those journalists who were forced to flee due to work-related persecution and remained in exile for a period of at least three months, with Syria topping the list as the most dangerous country for journalists. At least 101 scribes had fled the war-torn country in the last five years, followed by Ethiopia and Iran, with 57 and 52 journalists going into exile from these countries, respectively.
It also said that threat of being jailed was the prime reason which compelled journalists to leave their country and this accounted for 42 percent of the total number of exiles reported.