Freedom of Expression
The United Nations‘ 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to freedom of opinion and expression; this right includes freedom to hold opinions without interference, and impart information and ideas through any media regardless of frontiers”.
According to Freedom House’s ‘Freedom of the Press’ index, only 14 percent of the world’s citizens live in countries that enjoy a free press. In the rest of the world, governments as well as non-state actors control the viewpoints that reach citizens and brutally repress independent voices that aim to promote accountability, good governance, and economic development.
Media Initiatives strongly believes in freedom of the press and public access to information that is a fundamental human right. We participate in the activities seeking to attain press freedom and access to information matters.
Media Initiatives for Social Change on Media Freedom.
Media Initiatives support and seek freedom of press and free flow of information and ideas. Attempts were made to control media through PEMRA (Regulatory body), but the great efforts and sacrifices of journalists and Media persons expect freedom of Expression and succeeded in achieving access to information law in country. Media Initiatives is proud to contribute in this campaign.
The 18th Amendment (April 2010) was made by inserting a new Article, 19-A, in the Constitution that acknowledges the citizens’ right of access to information.
The Article 19A says: “Every citizen shall have the right to have access to information in all matters of public importance subject to regulation and reasonable restrictions imposed by law”.
After the inclusion of this article, Pakistan has joined the club of 50 plus countries whose constitution guarantees the public right to access the information.
Journalism has been a risky profession in Pakistan. According to the Committee of Protection of Journalists, around 52 journalists have been murdered in Pakistan since 1992; local media mentioning the number is much higher than given by CPJ .
Pakistan consistently ranks among the Top 5 in the organisations’ list of “the deadliest countries” for journalists.
Media and the civil society would not tolerate these brutalities against the journalists and they will continue their struggle to expose the murderers of Wali Babar, Saleem Shahzad and other journalists’ killers, no matter what.
Media Initiatives stood side by side with the media fraternity against the shocking and unacceptable murders of journalists and is engaged in raising voice against these brutalities.
Protest in Islamabad against the murder of Shahzad Saleem(Journalist).
Talat Hussain & Waqar A. During protest
Protest against the Murder of Saleem Shahzad Islamabad.