World Press Freedom Day Commemorated in Karachi

UNESCO in collaboration with the senior journalists and faculty of Mass Communication, University of Karachi, commemorated World Press Freedom Day under the global theme of "Safe to Speak: Ensuring Freedom of Expression in All Media".
The event was attended by senior journalists, students of Mass Communication, representatives of the Media houses and Civil Society organizations. Among the notable participants were; Professor Dr. Tahir Masood, Chairman Department of Mass Communication, University of Karachi, Mr. Agha Masood, Editor in Chief, daily Jang, Ms. Shanaz Ramzi, GM Public Relations, HUM Network, Ms. Abida Farheen, President Working Women Welfare Trust, Mir Mubashir and Ms. Humaira Motala, senior journalists.
While reading the message of UNESCO Country Director to Pakistan, UNESCO's Provincial Coordinator in Sindh, Kazi Ayaz Mahessar, emphasized the importance and critical role of journalists in the positive social
transformation in a given country.

The speakers shared their concerns on increasing challenges to the freedom of expression and quoted tragic assassinations of journalists in Pakistan. They demanded that the discriminatory attitude towards journalists and their differential treatment by the media houses shall be ended and equal opportunities be given to all journalists, based on their merit and not on the basis of their class and gender. Safety of journalists, said Mr. Agha Masood, is of paramount importance- as without their safety, the freedom of expression will remain only a myth.

 Joint Message from Mr Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations and Ms Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO
 Press Clipping  International The News | Dunya
 Event in Islamabad
  • 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.