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

UNESCO Consultation on Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia achieved significant recommendations for Pakistan

8 October 2016: UNESCO in collaboration with Uks organised a National Consultation to refine and validate the Gender Sensitive Guidelines for Women in Media in South Asia, developed earlier this year in a Regional Consultation,
and to propose an action plan for the next steps to be taken. Read more...
 Press Release
 Press clippings:   The News | Tribune

Promoting safety of journalists

Pakistan Press Foundation is conducting a safety training targeting 110 journalists and media professionals working in conflict and post-conflict areas in Pakistan. The aim of the 3-day training is to improve the knowledge
of journalists regarding their personal security (travel security and home to office movement) and dealing with threats and intimidations. The training also includes post-traumatic and stress management courses.
This project is conducted under IPDC programme.

Government urged to accelerate efforts for effective and appropriate legislations on Right to Information and Journalists' Safety in Pakistan

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. Read more...
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 Press clippings:   The News | Samaa | Nation | Dawn | Tele-Visual infolink | Dynamic News
 UNESCO organizes event on World Press Freedom Day in Islamabad

World Radio Day 2016: Radio in times of emergency and disaster

UNESCO Islamabad joined hands with Pakistan radio broadcasting and media organizations to mark the fifth edition of the World Radio Day.
Islamabad, 11 February 2016: Workshop on Radio Saves Lives

UNESCO Islamabad together with the UN Information Center (UNIC) and the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) commemorated the World Radio Day 2016 under the sub theme, "Radio Save Lives", in Islamabad.

More than 130 reporters and producers from the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation, radio experts, and representatives from the United Nations System in Pakistan highlighted the work of the UN system as well as the importance of radio in times of emergency and disaster situation. Read more...

For further details: Event pictures, Press clipping

 Radio Talk Show: FM 100 Islamabad
 Commemoration of World Radio Day 2016 at Lahore Press Club
 UNESCO Islamabad join hands with Radio Tribal News Network for broadcasting special report on World Radio Day 2016
 UNESCO and UNWOMEN in collaboration with Radio Pakistan Quetta organized radio talk show to mark the World Radio Day 2016

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

Television talk show discussed open access to information and knowledge platforms for person with disabilities

Islamabad - 2 September 2015: To raise and promote awareness on access to information and knowledge platforms for persons with disabilities, UNESCO Islamabad together with Pakistan Television and Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP) organized a morning talk show on PTV World. The purpose of the TV talk show is to highlight ways of making information and other online platform more accessible for persons with disabilities in Pakistan.

Ms. Vibeke Jensen, Representative/Director UNESCO Islamabad, Mr. Atif Sheikh, President, Special Talent Exchange Programme (STEP);, Mr. Amir Jahangir, CEO Mishal Pvt Limited; Ali Shabbar, Project Manager, STEP and Mr. Rizwan, Sign language expert participated in the live TV show. Read more...
World This Morning - Effective communication with people with disabilities

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
  • 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.