At 5:13 p.m. on April 19 this year, I was sitting in my car when I got a text message from Mir. Two years after our first hello, I had become Mir's producer for special shows he hosted when he came to Karachi. My phone pinged and the message read: "I'm attacked."
These days, true journalism, the fourth estate of any functioning republic, consists primarily in breaking the codes of secrecy surrounding our governments' actions. And these sources of so-called "truth" cannot always be fully trusted either.
The founding team of La Jeune Politique sees the changing world of journalism not as a death threat but as an opportunity. While the rest of the world is talking about the lack of jobs, this most dedicated team of young people has decided to create their own.
2011 was one of the worst years for journalists everywhere, and Pakistan was called the most dangerous place. Growing militancy, political and military instability, a deteriorating economy -- journalism is the first to suffer directly from these ailments.
The International Consortium of Investigative Journalists has been raking in the awards for its international tobacco smuggling investigation. Now it's targeting the lobbying effort to influence the treaty on climate change.