Reporters Without Borders has interviewed Swat valley journalists who had to flee the fighting between the Pakistani armed forces and the Taliban. About 100 journalists and their families have had to seek refuge in Peshawar and other cities since the armed forces launched their offensive against the Islamist fighters. Swat’s media have ceased to operate and most of their journalists are now without any means of support.
Reporters Without Borders sent 5,000 euros in emergency funds to the Swat valley journalists because, as a result of being unable to work, they are now having to concentrate on finding shelter and food for their loved-ones.
The press freedom organisation, whose correspondent produced this video report about the plight of these journalists, is appealing for a broader-based campaign to come to their help.