On World Press Freedom Day 2012, the International Federation of Journalists in collaboration with many partners in South Asia produced a report reviewing regional developments that have impacted freedom of the press and the quality of journalism. Like the nine previous reports this is part of the the South Asia Media Solidarity Network's continued effort at building foundations for united cross-border action by the area’s journalists.
Journalism in South Asia is facing many challenges with physical security being a major issue in most of the region. Several countries may have improved relatively due to decisions to reduce the risks involved in reporting highly sensitive stories. Though all countries in South Asia have formal guarantees of a free press in their written constitutions, formal and informal censorship persists. Further, the crisis of livelihoods within the profession is growing. Journalists in the region have responded to these challenges by in diverse ways.
Read the summary here and the complete report here (IFJ-Asia Pacific website; May 2, 2012)