The Pakistan Journalists Memorial is an initiative by Editors for Safety, a collective of editors and news directors representing a large number of newspapers, TV channels, and online news portals in Pakistan. This project aims to highlight the atrocities committed against media professionals in Pakistan and recognize the contribution and sacrifice of the brave individuals who lost their lives in the line of duty. The online archive will provide a permanent, updated record of cases that capture the impunity with which perpetrators of such violence operate. It also serves as a reminder to the state to fulfill its duties, ensure justice is served, and end this cycle of intimidation.
Established in 2015, Editors for Safety works towards addressing the alarming level of insecurity faced by media professionals in Pakistan. They focus exclusively on issues related to violence and threats of violence against the media. Their basic philosophy recognizes an attack on one journalist or media house as an attack on the entire media. In response to threats, the organization assesses such situations and jointly makes decisions regarding unified media coverage of violence and threats of violence. They also assist any journalist or media house in dealing with such issues by providing resources, sharing information and expertise, or reaching out to stakeholders involved. The shared goal of members is to speak with one voice against the prevalent culture of impunity where journalists across the country are being attacked on a regular basis, and perpetrators are rarely brought to justice. The serving Chairman of Editors for Safety is Zaffar Abbas, the Editor of Dawn, while Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) serves as the secretariat of the organization.