South Asia's media landscape is rich, diverse and contradictory. Yet the risks to independent journalism are real, and show no signs of abating.
It would be an understatement to say this has been a difficult year for journalists in the subcontinent. In Pakistan at least a dozen media professionals have died in terrorist attacks throughout the country. At least one journalist, Vijay Pratap Singh, has died in India as a result of similar violence.
Equally deadly has been the fate of the few journalists in Sri Lanka brave enough to challenge the government's narrative of a clean and effective war against the erstwhile Tamil Tigers. Lasantha Wickrematunge, who was critical of the Rajapaksa government, was shot dead after numerous run-ins with authorities over his reportage. More...