UNESCO and partners celebrate the International Day for Universal Access to Information

Islamabad, 28 September 2017: Democratic rights, freedom of expression, and the right of access to information: these were some of the key cross-cutting issues discussed during the International Day for
Universal Access to Information. With participation from various stakeholders, the event employed a holistic approach to further the debate on access to information between government officials, civil society members, students, journalists, and members of the international community. Several matters of concern were addressed and key recommendations proposed. Read more...

UNESCO celebrates WPFD 2017 in Peshawar

Peshawar: In just over one hour, 70 participants drafted key recommendations stemming from dynamic roundtable discussions during the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day 2017 held at the University of Peshawar.
On 3 May, students of the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication of the University of Peshawar had the opportunity to share ideas and exchange information with senior journalists, media experts, and international stakeholders on topics that are relevant for enabling freedom of expression in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Federally Administered Tribal Areas, and the rest of Pakistan. Read more...

World Radio Day 2017: Audience at the heart of the broadcast

During a talk show, UNESCO Representative to Pakistan, Ms. Vibeke Jensen, and Director of United Nations Information Centre, Mr. Vittorio Cammarota, stressed the importance for a greater participation of audiences and
communities in thepolicy and planning of radio broadcasting. She said "More than on-air interaction, public participation should include mechanisms such as audience engagement policies, public editors and ombudspeople, listener forums and complaints resolution procedures". Read more...


Human Rights Day is observed every year on 10 December to commemorate the day on which, in 1948, the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration on Human Rights. On this day, when individuals across the globe come together to reaffirm their support for the rights of others, UNESCO interviewed two women who have chosen to stand tall for their own rights. Read more...

Pakistan roundtable opens door for information sharing on safety of journalists

A meeting of 20 experts from government, civil society and media in Islamabad on 27 October has identified an opportunity for NGOs to feed their research on journalistic safety to the government of Pakistan to contribute to official
statistics on the issue.

The meeting heard of a recent survey by UNESCO which showed five NGOs in Pakistan tracking safety and impunity of journalists, but only one of them currently sharing information with government. Read more...

 DAWN OP-ED on Safety of Journalists on the occasion of International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists
  • 2nd UN Inter-Agency Meeting on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity

  • IPDC Projects
  • Skill Development Program:
    Through IPDC funding UNESCO is supporting Rural Media Network to train district level journalists in ethical and professional news writing. Read More

  • Radio Journalists Training:
    Pakistan Press Foundation is training FM radio journalists through IPDC funding this year to produce news and current affairs programming.

  • Strengthening Press Clubs in FATA:
    UNESCO supported funding to Intermedia, helped strengthing press clubs in seven agencies of Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan.