UNESCO marks International Day for Universal Access to Information in Lahore

Lahore, 26 September 2019: Under its Multi-donor program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists, UNESCO Islamabad, commemorated the International Day for the Universal Access to Information (IDUAI) 2019 at Punjab University on Thursday, September 26, 2019. The event was organized in partnership with the European Union, Embassy of the Kingdom of Netherlands, Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and civil society partner Digital Rights Foundation (DRF). Read more...

Media and information literacy; a crucial element for peace and tolerance in the face of online violent extremism in Pakistan

Islamabad, 17-18 September 2019: A two-day National Conference on Media and Information Literacy for Prevention of Violent Extremism was organized by the UNESCO Information for All Programme (IFAP) in collaboration with the IFAP National Committee of Pakistan and its civil society partner Media Matters for Democracy on 17 and 18 September 2019 in Islamabad, Pakistan. Read more...

Multi-Stakeholder Consultation on United Nations Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity - Status of Pakistan

Islamabad, 22 July 2019: UNESCO held a multi-stakeholder consultation in collaboration with National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) of Pakistan, Parliamentary Commission for Human Rights (PCHR) and Peace and Justice Network (PJN) under its Multi-Donor Program on Freedom of Expression and Safety of Journalists. Read more...

Sahafi Summit held in Karachi to commemorate World Press Freedom Day 2019

Karachi, 3 May 2019: The first-of-its-kind national journalists' convention brought together nearly 100 journalists working in print, digital, and broadcast media from all over Pakistan.

The first--ver Sahafi Summit was co-organized by Digital Journalists of Pakistan and Media Matters for Democracy at the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ)-IBA in partnership with UNESCO Pakistan, the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, the Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, and the DW Akademie in Karachi on 02-03 May 2019. Read more...

National Commission for Human Rights nominates focal persons for collecting data and reporting crimes against journalists

Islamabad, 25 April 2019: The National Commissioner for Human Rights, Mr. Chaudhry Muhammad Shafique has announced the nomination of focal persons in all provincial and federal police departments to collect data on crimes against Journalists. Mr. Shafique was speaking at the closing ceremony of a workshop with duty bearers on promoting safety of journalists. He shared that official notifications had been issued in this regard. NCHR will also be initiating the process of establishing federal and provincial level working group on freedom of expression and safety of journalist. Read more...

UNESCO Islamabad held #IPDCtalks to celebrate International Day for Universal Access to information #righttoknow!

Good Laws and Practices for Open Societies: Powering Sustainable Development with Access to Information

To mark the third international Day for Universal Access to Information, UNESCO jointly with the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Sweden organized the IPDC talks in Islamabad on
September 27, 2018. The event engaged 115 participants from different walks of life. The event included talks and panel discussions on roles of free media, duty bearers and right holders in promoting access to information. Read more...

Press Freedom and trustworthy information keeps power in check and preserves democratic processes

Islamabad 3 May 2018: To mark the 2018 World Press Freedom Day, UNESCO Pakistan jointly with the European Union, the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands and the Embassy of Sweden organized the World Press Freedom Day celebration in Islamabad.

The event engaged 70 participants including university students, journalists and media workers, civil society organizations, government officials, UN counterparts and representatives of international community in a discussion on importance of a free and independent media. The main segment of the event were debates held on subthemes of online speech regulation and the role of social media in the times of elections. Read more...

Pakistan launch of UNESCO's 'World Trends Report'

Lahore 27 February 2018: The second global edition of UNESCO's "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development" was launched on 27 February at the University of the Punjab, Lahore.

The event "World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development: A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report" was co-organized by the University's Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) and by the Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC) at the Oslo Metropolitan University. Read more...

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.