Islamabad, March 12, 2013 (PPI-OT): With at least one journalist targeted every 28 days between 2007 and 2012, Pakistan makes for one the most hazardous places in the world for journalists.
The Government of Denmark has in joint collaboration with UNESCO, OSF and IMS supported a two day international conference in Islamabad to set out to address the problem in a concerted manner. The conference also sets the stage for the launch of the so-called UN Plan of Action on the Safety of Journalists and the issue of Impunity in Pakistan, which is a concerted approach to ensuring safe and enabling working environments for journalists around the world, with Pakistan being selected as a pilot country for the plan’s initial implementation alongside Mexico, South Sudan, Nepal and Iraq.
Speaking at the conference, the Danish Ambassador Ole E. Moesby stated that “each time a journalist is silenced – either through threats or by being killed, it is an attack on the Pakistani citizen’s right to information, which is a key enabling right for a strong democracy, education, cleaner environment, health, and a transparent business sector.
The Government of Denmark has been supporting the Pakistani media through IMS, because we believe that the right to receive and express information and opinion is central to the life of everyone. This is a huge challenge and none of us hold the magic wand, but I want to assure that you have the support of the Danish Government to raise awareness on this very important issue and also to work collectively to find a solution.”
The conference aims to establish two alliances – a ‘Pakistan Alliance of Media on Safety’ and an ‘International Friends of Pakistan Media on Safety’ – by linking up media defence groups from Pakistan with their key international level counterparts to facilitate networking on solutions and ideas as well as inflow of international support, advocacy expertise and technical assistance for Pakistan’s media.
For more information, contact:
Mrs. Esther Lonstrup,
Embassy of Denmark
House #16, Street 21, F-6/2,
P.O. Box 1118, Islamabad,
Tel: +9251 209 9800
Fax: +9251 282 3483
Cell: 0307 555 9141 Or
Mrs. Hina Akhtar,
Cell: 0306 545 1766