UNESCO Consultation on Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia achieved significant recommendations for Pakistan

8 October 2016: UNESCO in collaboration with Uks organised a National Consultation to refine and validate the Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia, developed earlier this year in a Regional Consultation,
and to propose an action plan for the next steps to be taken. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press clippings:   The News | Tribune

Promoting safety of journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation is conducting a safety training targeting 110 journalists and media professionals working in conflict and post-conflict areas in Pakistan. The aim of the 3-day training is to improve the knowledge
of journalists regarding their personal security (travel security and home to office movement) and dealing with threats and intimidations. The training also includes post-traumatic and stress management courses.
This project is conducted under IPDC programme.

Government urged to accelerate efforts for effective and appropriate legislations on Right to Information and Journalists' Safety in Pakistan

Islamabad - 3 May 2016: Participants requested the government to accelerate the adoption of the Right to Information and Journalists' Safety legislations in Pakistan. These demands came up through the concluding session of the World Press Freedom Day
event held on 3 May in Islamabad which was organized by UNESCO Pakistan together with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Media Matters for Democracy, and Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives. Read more...
 Press Release, Concept note, Twitter - Mentions
 Press clippings:   The News | Samaa | Nation | Dawn | Tele-Visual infolink | Dynamic News
 UNESCO organizes event on World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad

World Radio Day 2016: Radio in times of emergency and disaster

UNESCO Islamabad joined hands with Pakistan radio broadcasting and media organizations to mark the fifth edition of the World Radio Day.
Islamabad, 11 February 2016: Workshop on Radio Saves Lives

UNESCO Islamabad together with the UN Information Center (UNIC) and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) commemorated the World Radio Day 2016 under the sub theme, "Radio Save Lives", in Islamabad.

More than 130 reporters and producers from the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, radio experts, and representatives from the United Nations System in Pakistan highlighted the work of the UN system as well as the importance of radio in times of emergency and disaster situation. Read more...

For further details: Event pictures, Press clipping

 Radio Talk Show: FM 100 Islamabad
 Commemoration of World Radio Day 2016 at Lahore Press Club
 UNESCO Islamabad join hands with Radio Tribal News Network for broadcasting special report on World Radio Day 2016
 UNESCO and UNWOMEN in collaboration with Radio Pakistan Quetta organized radio talk show to mark the World Radio Day 2016

Supporting safety of journalists in Pakistan

Fifty participants joined a UNESCO workshop in Islamabad on Thursday in the build-up to the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists to be marked on 2 November.

The discussants examined the issues raised in the draft of a new study covering journalists' safety and the problem of impunity in the country. The research is based on specialized indicators developed through UNESCO's Intergovernmental Programme for the Development of Communication (IPDC). Read more...
 Journalists' Safety Indicators
 Safety of Journalists and Impunity
 UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity
 Dawn - Pakistani law does not guarantee journalists' safety

Television talk show discussed open access to information and knowledge platforms for person with disabilities

Islamabad - 2 September 2015: To raise and promote awareness on access to information and knowledge platforms for persons with disabilities, UNESCO Islamabad together with Pakistan Television and Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) organized a morning talk show on PTV World. The purpose of the TV talk show is to highlight ways of making information and other online platform more accessible for persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director UNESCO Islamabad, Mr. Atif Sheikh, President, Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP);, Mr. Amir Jahangir, CEO Mishal Pvt Limited; Ali Shabbar, Project Manager, STEP and Mr. Rizwan, Sign language expert participated in the live TV show. Read more...
World This Morning - Effective communication with people with disabilities

Digital Help Desk for female journalists set up as digital security workshop concludes

Islamabad - 21 August 2015: A digital safety Helpdesk to assist female journalists in media dealing with issues of digital security or online harassment has been set up at local media development organisation, Media
Matters for Democracy, MMfD, in Islamabad. The creation of digital security help desk has followed the conclusion of a series of two digital safety workshops, "Connected and Safe", organized by MMfD in collaboration with UNESCO Islamabad. 30 female journalists and bloggers from different print and electronic media participated in the training workshop. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press Clipping   ARY News | Sabah

World Press Freedom Day 2015 commemorated in Islamabad

Islamabad - 4 May 2015: UNESCO and Media House Islamabad marked the World Press Freedom Day 2015 by organizing a debate on "Towards Better Reporting in Digital Age" under the global theme, Let Journalism Thrive!
Towards Better Reporting, Gender Equality, & Media Safety in the Digital Age. Read more...
 Press Release, UNESCO Pakistan Tweets, Radio Report
 Video News Coverage
 Press Clipping   Daily Times | Tribune | Dawn | The Nation | Channel 24 | Pakistan Press Foundation
 Freedom of Expression in Pakistan, a continue struggle

UNESCO Islamabad and World Radio Day celebrations in Pakistan

Efforts to recognize the importance of Youth and Radio marked on the occasion of fourth anniversary of World Radio Day in Pakistan
Radio for youth- radio with youth and radio by youth, discussions unfolded to UNESCO call for greater participation of young people in radio

Islamabad, 13 February 2015: To mark the fourth commemoration of World Radio Day 2015, UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (Radio Pakistan) and Institute of Educational Technology, Allama Iqbal Open University (AIOU) organized different events in Islamabad. These includes Talk show, dialogue and panel discussion.
 Exclusive Interview of Ms. Irina Bokova, DG UNESCO
 Panel discussion: Significance of Radio in Globalized World and Empowering Youth through Radio
 Dialogue organized by Institute of Educational Technology (AIOU) and UNESCO

Media sensitization workshop on Enabling Universal Access to Information and Knowledge, call for policies and legislation for persons with disabilities

Islamabad, 24 October 2014: The workshop was organized by UNESCO Islamabad in collaboration with Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP), a Pakistani disabled persons organization. The workshop was attended by more than 50 media practitioners, representatives and officials of civil society organizations, Government, and the United Nations. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press Clippings  The News | Tribune | Radio Pakistan

World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, 3 May 2014

Islamabad, 03 May 2014: The United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) organized an event to commemorate the World Press Freedom Day at Islamabad. This year the main theme of the World Press Freedom
Day was Media Freedom for a Better Future: Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda with the sub theme "Rule of Law to Ensure Safety of Journalists and Combating Impunity". Read more...
 Press Release
 UNESCO, UNIC and RIPHAH International University celebrated World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad
 Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
 DG UNESCO video message on World Press Freedom Day 2014
 Power Radio FM 99 Report
 Press Clippings  Daily Times | The Nation | The News | Tribune | Voice of America & Secretary Interview | The Hindu

M-Learning for Rural Female Teachers

Initiated with the regular budget funding to increase quality of teaching among rural female teachers, the project was able to sustain with extrabudgatry support from Nokia and Mobilink. The pilot project is aimed at providing quality resources
to rural and low competency teachers of post literacy mobile literacy centres. For the pilot phase 100 teachers have been given free Nokia phones to increase their knowledge and skills through using Nokia Education Delivery Application; the resource material for teachers has been digitized in audio visual format, which they can access free of cost through internet. The pilot project aims at not only analyzing the difference of teacher's competency level but also change in their social behavior, confidence and empowerment.
UNESCO joins hands with NOKIA for Mobile Education Program

Mobilizing Policy Support for Press Freedom and Impunity of killing of Journalists in Pakistan

UNESCO's CI sector's mandate of "Freedom of Expression" this is an important initiative, much needed in the environment of Pakistan. With numerous dictatorships in Pakistan's history, many attempts have been made to
strangle and control the vibrant and active press of Pakistan. Methods of control include control over newsprint, budget for advertising and public interest campaigns, and its ability to enforce regulations. Pressure groups (political parties, religious groups, ethnic groups etc.) use physical violence, sacking of offices, intimidation and beating of journalists, and interference with distribution of newspapers censorship and laws curtailing freedom of press. This project is to mobilize support to draft the legislation for impunity of killing of journalists and free press, which is later accepted. This is specifically important in the scenario of Pakistan as one of the deadliest countries around the world for last two years, with average one journalist killed after every 50 days.

Supporting Natural Science Museum through use of ICT

This ongoing project is aimed at establishing information dissemination mechanisms through use of ICT for Natural Science History Museum in Pakistan. The project is supporting Natural Science History museum to develop their virtual Museum
on web, development of audio tour guide in two languages for the visitors; especially young boys and girls. The project will also help to visually document the stuffing of significant species and disseminate it for increasing knowledge in masses.

Urdu Translation of UNESCO's Publication on Security of Journalists:

In lieu with absence of any local publications for improving journalist's knowledge regarding safety and field reporting, the RSF and UNESCO's co published book "Handbook for Journalists" was translated in Urdu and was distributed widely on national level, specially among the members of FATA Press Club and Khyber Union of Journalist; the conflict area.

Federal Government is committed to ensuring freedom of expression and right to information in Pakistan

Islamabad, 08 October 2013: The Federal Minister for Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage, Perveez Rasheed said that mutual consensus exists among all the parties to tackle the issue of freedom of expression and right to
information and that the government is working to protect these rights as enshrined in Article 19 A of the constitution. He said this while delivering his remarks in the meeting of the Steering Committee of Pakistan Coalition on Safety of Journalists in Islamabad. This meeting was organized by UNESCO to review the national implementation strategy enshrined in the UN Plan of Action for Safety of Journalists and Issues of Impunity 2013-14. Read more...
 Press Clippings
  Associated Press of Pakistan | Business Recorder

UN Action Plan Launched for Pakistan

ISLAMABAD (March 7, 2013): A two-day international conference concluded in Islamabad on Thursday launching the United Nations Action Plan Against Impunity in Pakistan, which seeks to support efforts to promote security and safety of Journalists in the country.

Guy Berger and Kozue Kay Nagata with
Iqbal Khattak and Adnan Rehmat

Pakistan is one of five pilot countries of the UN Action Plan Against Impunity. Read more...

 Press Clipping   Daily Times | The News | Tribune

Safety of Journalists Meeting , 5 November 2012

UNESCO, Islamabad in collaboration with Members of the Parliament, Human Rights Commission, Human Rights' Activists, Media workers, Journalists, Press Clubs and United Nations agencies signed "Declaration on Safety of Journalists" in Islamabad,
to demand collective and coordinated action from all stakeholders aiming to stop the killing and harassment of journalists and end impunity.
Islamabad Declaration (adopted) was outcome of the "National Consultative Meeting" on the issue of safety of Journalists, which was organized by UNESCO Islamabad to provide Pakistan specific inputs to United Nations implementation strategy of the Action Plan on the Safety of Journalist and the Issue of Impunity. Read more...
 Press Release
 Proceedings and Islamabad Declaration on Safety of Journalists
 Press Clipping
  The Nation | Business Recorder | Daily Times | Dawn

UNESCO joins hands with NOKIA for Mobile Education Program

UNESCO has collaborated with Nokia to launch Mobile Learning Project for Teacher's Professional Development in Pakistan in the presence of senior government officials, Nokia representatives and UNESCO representatives.
As part of this program, UNESCO and Nokia are joining hands, where Nokia is providing its mobile phones and its application "Nokia Education Delivery (NED)" for UNESCO's project on 'use of ICT for professional development of public school teachers' in remote areas. Read more...

World Press Freedom Day Celebrations, 3 May 2013

UNESCO Islamabad commemorated the 20th anniversary of the World Press Freedom Day (WPFD) in Islamabad on 3rd May 2013. The day was celebrated in the presence of UNRC, Mr Timo Pakkala, Director UNIC,
Mr Kazue Tase, Additional Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, Muhammad Azam along with Director UNESCO Islamabad, Ms Kozue Kay Nagata and prominent journalists like Mr Hamid Mir, Mr Mohammad Ziauddin and Mr Murtaza Solangi. Read more...
 Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
 Press Release
 Press Clipping  Daily Times | Pakistan Today | Pak Observer
 Event in Karachi

Human Angle stories from Under reported conflict areas

In Pakistan there are pockets of underreported areas and some of these are the conflict and post conflict zones. In the post conflict zones apart of other calamities freedom of expression among the media professionals gets cramped. This project emphasized human angle feature stories from under reported areas to strengthen freedom of expression by enabling media and media professionals in post conflict situation to foster mutual understanding, peace and reconciliation by capacity building among media personnel. The project assembled a hands-on program in which the journalists were mentored by professional editors and write featured styled stories by giving human angle, on a specially created online portal. The focus was to bring the journalists in the underreported areas up to the speed so they could take the challenge of working in post conflict areas more effectively.

UNESCO Launches Pakistan's First Radio Drama

UNESCO Launches Pakistan's First Radio Drama Series for Post Flood Communities:

Umeed e Seher is an informational drama series project specifically designed for the affected communities, which had been hit by the traumatic
devastation of floods of 2010, envisaged by communication and Information Sector of United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to provide humanitarian assistance to rural population lacking necessary information about relief and recovery. While the devastation caused more than 20 million people stranded in challenging life saving situation, UNESCO takes Umeed e Seher on the national airwaves to enable men, women, boys and girls to deal with post traumatic stress, and health problems, and prepare them with necessary challenges they need to adopt and practice in order to use other humanitarian efforts effectively and sustain their lives in sound and healthy manner.

New Media & Online Journalism Program

UNESCO Launches New Media & Online Journalism Program to Strengthen Voices & Opinions of Pakistan Women
To strengthen voices and opinions of Pakistani women through new media technologies and online journalism, United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) is developing the Online Journalism course and will conduct training and capacity building workshops for media education trainers in Fatimah Jinnah Women University (FJWU).

Humanitarian Information Project

By working with local media and established networks of local journalists, this project provides information on IDP rights, entitlements, aid and assistance programs, and on the security situation in IDPs' home towns. By doing this through a dialogue that includes IDP concerns and perspectives, it counters rumours and misinformation, and engages with issues in a detailed manner that is easy to relate to and accept. This approach affirms IDPs' own ability to make positive decisions affecting their lives, lessen their vulnerabilities and give them some of the tools they need to safeguard their rights and entitlements. The project is being implemented by one of the well known international media firm called Internews.

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Training of Rural Journalists on Basic Reporting Skills

Rural Media Network Pakistan(RMNP) with the assistance of UNESCO organized three days long District Correspondents Skills Development workshop which was attended by seventeen rural journalists of Bahawalpur. Two days long refresher course was organized on 7th and 8th January 2010 in Ahmedpur East as a follow up of three days long training workshop.
  • 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.