While those who attack journalists in Pakistan often get away with impunity, data gathered by the National Police Bureau recently shows that in most cases the victims settle for a compromise.

Addressing a function to mark World Press Freedom day organised by Unesco on Saturday, Mr. Ihsan Ghani, Director General, National Police Bureau said it was found that a majority of the cases, including murder cases, went into compromise and so there were no convictions.

Dedicated hotline

Mr. Ghani said that every province would soon have a hotline dedicated for journalists Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Islamabad already had one.

In the 42 cases of deaths of journalists in the last decade, there have been only two convictions — in the cases of Daniel Pearl and Wali Khan Babar, said M. Ziauddin, group editor of Express Tribune.