By: E&P Staff
The homes of more than 200 journalists were washed away in the worst flooding in Pakistan’s history, according to the Pakistani Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), which is appealing for help for them and other media workers.
At least one journalist, Asma Anwar of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, lost her life in the flooding.
Former Pakistani journalist Alia Ahmed, writing at the Committee to Protect Journalists Website, noted that a recent letter to the editor of the Daily Times posed the problem Pakistan and its journalists are facing best:
“At a time when the need for information is the greatest, the limitation on the performance and output of the journalists caused by the floods compounds the problem. The dilemma is that unless the journalists themselves are rid of their flood-caused encumbrances, they cannot perform their basic functions professionally and inform the people.”
The PFUJ has set up a bank account in Islamabad to collect donations to support Pakistani journalists. The National Press Club has also said it will assist the families of flood-affected journalists, according to the Daily Times.
According to the Pakistan Observer, flooding has so far taken the lives of more than 1,683 people and injured 8,487; destroyed 6,374 villages and more than 9,893,817 acres of cultivated land.