Pakistan is consistently rated one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. A 2011 Dart Centre Asia Pacific Fellow and the director of Pakistan's first media and development sector watchdog organization, Freedom Network, weighs in on the state of the Pakistani media and a new program to address the problems.
Resources for Press Freedom
On July 17, the UN Security Council debated the safety of journalists. The following week, government officials, journalists and technologists gathered for TechCamp NYC, an event aimed at finding ways to use technology to protect journalists working in conflict zones.
A new report by the Committee to Protect Journalists finds that journalists are among the increasing groups of refugees around the world.
In October 2010, the Dart Center and The Harriman Institute hosted a timely discussion about the challenges facing journalists in Russia, the global campaign for an end to impunity in the cases of Anna Politkovskaya and other assassinated journalists, and the evolving movement to advance Russian democracy through freedom of the press.
On July 19, the Dart Center hosted a group of ten Iraqi journalists at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism as part of an international visitor program through the U.S. State Department, which gathers journalists from post-conflict nations and emerging democracies and brings them to U.S. for discussions with news organizations about press freedom.
With the support of the Dart Center for Journalism & Trauma, the International News Safety Institute (INSI) has set up a global hostage crisis help center for journalists and other news professionals kidnapped as a result of their work.
At Berkeley's conference on The Media at War, speakers raised tough questions about press freedom and independence, about the relationship between media and military, and about the ethics of presenting, or withholding, graphic and disturbing details to mainstream audiences.