PINFO-CR CONDUCTS SEMINAR ON ‘ROLE AND CHALLENGES OF FREE AND RESPONSIBLE MEDIA’ IN ISLAMABAD
PINFO – CR under the USAID Citizens’ Voice Project organized a seminar on ‘Role and Challenges of Free and Responsible Media’ in collaboration with Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) in Islamabad on Friday, October 31, 2014. Mr. Qamar-uz-Zaman Kaira, former minister for Information and Broadcasting and chief guest, applauded the role of media as a watchdog to ensure transparency and called upon the media entities to ensure authenticity of the news before breaking it.
Mr. Kaira was addressing the participants at a seminar on “Role and Challenges of Free and Responsible Media” organized by PINFO-CR in collaboration with PFUJ at the National Press Club, Islamabad. The main focus of the seminar was to enhance capacity building of PFUJ members and improve their understanding of the issues related to transparent, independent, free and responsible media.
Mr. Mohammad Azam, Secretary Information, representing government from Ministry of Information and Broadcasting called upon the media to introspect and develop institutional structures and mechanisms to address the rising challenges and play constructive role for being a vital organ of the society.
Speaking at the seminar, President PFUJ Mr. Afzal Butt announced that his organization would not only highlight the issues and challenges faced by the journalists working in far flung and remote areas, but would also focus on the conflict zones of Balochistan and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa/Federally Administered Tribal Areas where journalists are working under the most dangerous circumstances. “Media has been victimized for years for telling the truth and playing the role of a watchdog. Despite the pressures we face, yet PFUJ is committed to raising voice for the protection of journalists and freedom of speech at the relevant forums”, remarked Mr. Butt.
Highlighting the need for regulating media, Mr. Mohammad Riaz Ahmed, Member Executive Council, PFUJ, said, ‘Pakistani media should develop an acceptable code of conduct for addressing the emerging challenges of transparency and responsible behavior”. His views were also echoed by the President National Press Club Mr. Sheheryar Khan, who thought that the journalists should have the courage to say “no” to bad practices.
Meanwhile, prominent speakers at the seminar included, Mr. Mubashir Akram Butt, Director PINFO, Mr. Ali Raza Alvi, President Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists, Bilal Dar, General Secretary PFUJ and Zameer Haider, a senior journalist. Moreover, members of PFUJ, Islamabad-based journalists, officials from relevant government departments and students also attended the seminar.
USAID CITIZENS’ VOICE PROJECT ANNOUNCES SEVENTH GRANT CYCLE (CLOSED)
ISLAMABAD – October 02, 2014: USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has started inviting applications for civil society advocacy grants under its seventh (7th) grant cycle in the thematic areas of:
1. Citizens’ Voice for Improved Legislative Governance;
2. Citizens’ Voice for Strengthening Transparency and Accountability Mechanisms;
3. Improved Enabling Environment for Civil Society Organizations; and
4. Improving Governance: Reforming Provincial Public Services in Punjab.
In this grant cycle worth $2.17 million, the project intends to award up to 22 grants. Out of the 22 grants 08 grants will be made available for thematic area # 1, 12 for thematic area # 2, and 01 each for thematic area # 3 and 4. The project will have national coverage with focus on some priority districts in various regions. USAID Citizens’ Voice Project has also simultaneously launched its 6th grants cycle in the thematic area of “importance of local government system” for up to 100 grants.
USAID EXTENDS DEADLINE FOR CIVIL SOCIETY ADVOCACY GRANT APPLICATIONS – CYCLES 6 AND 7 (CLOSED)
Based on the immense interest shown by organizations across the country, the Citizens’ Voice Project has extended the date for submission of grant applications under Grants Cycles 6 and 7 until October 23, 2014 at 10:00 am in the morning (PST).