• Press has very limited access during two military offensives.
• Reporters face attacks, threats from all sides. Four are killed.
6: Homes of journalists destroyed by militants in retaliatory attacks.
As Pakistan’s military launched two major offensives within its borders, officials pressured news media to report favorably on the conflicts while the Taliban and other militants threatened and attacked critical reporters. Reporters for Urdu- and Pashto-language news outlets came under the greatest pressure because of their wider influence among Pakistanis. Journalists who opted to embed with the military said they were forced to comply with heavy-handed restrictions on what they were allowed to see and report.