One Day National Consultation and Validation Workshop on the State of Journalists Safety in Pakistan based on UNESCO’s National Level Journalists Safety Indicators (JSI)

When, local time: 
Thursday, 29 October 2015 -
9:00am to 6:00pm
Where: 
Pakistan, Islamabad
Type of Event: 
Category 7-Seminar and Workshop
Contact: 
Riaz Karim Khan (r.khan@unesco.org)

The consultation workshop will present the findings of a comprehensive analysis of the national media safety landscape in Pakistan, implemented by IRADA (Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development) and UNESCO in 2013-14 via the Journalists Safety Indicators (JSI).
The findings will be presented to a variety of key stakeholders representing both the authorities and the media sector. An important goal of the event is to raise awareness on the topic of safety of journalists and the issue of impunity, and to discuss how to move forward on the key findings of the JSI report. Representatives of various stakeholders will have the opportunity to address their views on safety of journalists in Pakistan, and on the implementation of the UN Plan of Action on Safety of Journalists and the Issue of Impunity in general. This workshop is co-organized by IRADA (Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development), the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety (PCOMS), the Islamabad Office of UNESCO, and UNESCO HQ.

UNESCO will convene or co-host events in Paris, London, New York and elsewhere, on Monday, 2 November 2015, to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists (IDEI). The events will also serve as an occasion to launch, in various locations, the forthcoming UNESCO report, World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development – Special Digital Focus 2015, which contains the Organization’s most recent information on the safety of journalists and impunity. The events can take forward the outcomes of the commemoration conference on the occasion of the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists, in partnership with the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, which will be held in Costa Rica from 9 to 10 October 2015. They can also feed into and inform the UNESCO international conference ‘News organizations standing up for the safety of media professionals’ scheduled for 5 February 2016.