In Pakistan, DW Akademie supports media professional by building structures needed as a basis for qualification programs and counseling.
Pakistan demonstrates a high level of diversity of opinions and media. Consequently, public debate on controversial issues does take place in radio and TV broadcasts and newspapers, or the websites of the major media companies. However, some concerns are usually avoided, like the views and voices of women or religious minorities.
Independent reporting is especially difficult for media workers in western and northwestern Pakistan. Many journalists in these areas are not sufficiently trained. Furthermore, they often find themselves in dangerous situations and are constantly exposed to threats from various groups. The population in these areas, especially internally displaced persons and returnees, cannot easily find balanced information. There is an obvious lack of local reporting. Even though some journalists' associations and organizations in Pakistan try to help media professionals, they lack the means to ensure that journalists will continue receiving formal training on new topics.
DW Akademie is helping the Centre of Excellence for Journalism (CEJ) in Karachi and a non-governmental organization establish two trauma centers in Karachi and Quetta. The trauma centers offer counseling for badly treated journalists. Also, media companies and organizations are provided with information on preventive action and counseling on psychological security, thereby raising awareness of the subject. CEJ and DW Akademie also work together to promote innovative journalism by developing training courses on data journalism.
Furthermore, DW Akademie is helping the Council for Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) establish a competence center. It will initially focus on security and media ethics. In order to empower disadvantaged groups, like returnees to the tribal areas in northwestern Pakistan, and make their voices heard in public, they are trained as Tribal News Network (TNN) citizen journalists.
Funding: German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ)
Country manager: Karin Schädler
Locations: Islamabad, Karachi, Quetta, tribal regions and Khyber Pashtunkhwa, several small towns in Punjab and Sindh
Local partners: Centre for Excellence in Journalism, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE), Individualland (IL), Media House Islamabad, Tribal News Network
Main focus: Qualification and counselling, continuing education for media professionals, data journalism, civic engagement, empowerment and participation of disadvantaged groups, media and information literacy (MIL)