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

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.
  • 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.