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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

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

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.