Pakistan performs poorly on freedom of expression assessment index report 2020

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Pakistan performs poorly on freedom of expression assessment index report 2020

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan only managed to score 30 out of 100 points on the Freedom of Expression Assessment Index report 2020.

The new assessment report published by the Media Matters for Democracy stated that the south asian county has performed poorly with respect to legal and practical protections for the citizenry's right to freedom of expression in the year 2020.

The report assessed with an index based on six aspects including legal environment, press freedom, digital expression, pluralism, the socioeconomic and political situation, and protection from threats to expression.

The report added that press and internet regulatory authorities in Pakistan faced restrictions and suspensions, also many of the social media applications faced advisories in wake of their content. Journalists in the country also remained vulnerable to physical, legal, and digital threats due to the lack of legislation for the safety of media personnel.

At least eight media persons were killed, while 36 were attacked in the line of duty. 10 were arrested across Pakistan during the year.