“The dangerous reality for journalists in Pakistan”

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The Story

“The dangerous reality for journalists in Pakistan”
by Ghulam Shabir
International Journalists’ Network, June 29, 2023

The Pitch


In the arid landscapes of South Asia, the Indus River stands as a timeless provider of sustenance, weaving life through communities that rely on its waters for survival. However, beneath the surface of this majestic river flows a much darker narrative – one of contamination, pollution, and looming health crises. “Indus River: A Lifeline in Peril” embarks on a scientific odyssey to unearth the intricate interplay between pollution and public health, uncovering the urgent need for comprehensive water management and pollution control measures.

Exploring the Depths of Contamination:

Drawing from rigorous scientific research and in-depth analyses, this investigative feature will cast a revealing spotlight on the pervasive industrial and agricultural pollutants that infiltrate the Indus. Our journey will delve into the origins of contamination, tracing pollutants such as heavy metals, pesticides, and chemical runoff from agricultural practices. Through engaging and informative narratives, we will illustrate how these pollutants find their way into the river, compromising the very essence of this lifeline.

Health Implications and Community Realities:

With a keen focus on science communication, our feature will weave together narratives of local communities and scientific insights to underscore the profound health implications of consuming contaminated water from the Indus. Through interviews with experts and residents alike, we will shed light on the rise in waterborne diseases, the impact on children’s development, and the economic burden on already marginalized communities.

In this era of growing environmental consciousness, our feature seeks to bridge the gap between scientific research and public awareness. Through compelling storytelling and evidence-based reporting, we hope to ignite conversations that transcend boundaries, urging policymakers, communities, and individuals to join hands in safeguarding the Indus – a source of life, culture, and history for millions.

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