Pakistan: media must stand together


President Musharraf’s crackdown has taken its toll on Pakistan’s already beleaguered media, writes Zubeida Mustafa

On Tuesday 6 November, over 350 journalists assembled on a warm sultry afternoon on the lawns of the Karachi Press Club to decide their response to the state of emergency imposed on Pakistan. The feeling of desolation hung heavy. No birds chirped in the normally noisy trees. The megaphone installed for the speakers kept falling silent. The atmosphere epitomised the mood of the journalists since General Pervez Musharraf, armed with extra-constitutional powers, ventured to crack down on the courts, lawyers, human rights activists and the media.