The shooting of a famous journalist exposes a worrying trend in Pakistan

The assassination attempt on Hamid Mir, Pakistan’s most famous journalist, who survived the assault, came three weeks after a similar attack in Lahore on the car of Raza Rumi, a print and television journalist known for his liberal views. More than a dozen other media personalities have been warned their names are on a kill list — creating a chilling effect on national discourse. In January the Express Tribune, the country’s most liberal paper, banned for several weeks all criticism of the Taliban on its pages after a deadly attack on company staff.