|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.
The recommendations were made in two working group sessions, one focused on the RTI legislation and the other one on Journalists' safety and protection issues. The working groups were comprised by relevant stakeholders including the government officials, senior journalists, experts and representatives of civil society and media support organizations.
The 2016 World Press Freedom Day event in Islamabad aimed at;
1) reviewing the Right to Information Provincial Laws with a special focus on the gaps, implementation challenges and key lessons learnt from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab Provinces and to provide key recommendations for accelerating the efforts of adopting the Federal, Sindh and Punjab Right to Information Laws in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 16, target 10; and
2) reviewing progress and provide key inputs for the proposed draft Journalists Protection and Welfare Bill in line with the UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity.
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UNESCO organizes event on World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad