Mishal Pakistan and Tribal Union of Journalists to Highlight the Social Face of FATA through the AGAHI Initiative
AGAHI in collaboration with the TUJ aims to identify and build capacity of the journalists on social issues and economic opportunities encouraging diversity and pluralism of the Media in FATA and FR.
Mishal Pakistan to launch AGAHI in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and the Frontier Regions (FR). A meeting between Mishal and the Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ) was held at TUJ’s Head office in Peshawar. A memorandum of understanding was signed between the two entities on capacity building and training initiatives for the journalists in FATA and FR.
The Tribal Union of Journalists is the representative body of the journalists from the FATA and the FR.; comprising of seven Tribal Agencies (Mohmand Agency, Bajaur Agency, North Waziristan, South Waziristan, Khyber Agency, Orakzai Agency and Kurram Agency) and its adjacent Six Frontier Regions (FR Peshawar, FR Bannu, FR Dera Ismail Khan, FR Kohat, FR Lakki Marwat and FR Tank). More than 250 journalists are registered members of TUJ working with local, national and international media. The Tribal Union of Journalists is the first-ever journalistic body in the history of FATA. The members of TUJ realize the importance of promoting journalism that covers the political system and the much-needed socio-economic sector.
Tribal Union of Journalists (TUJ)
The collaboration between Mishal and TUJ will help both organizations to identify the elements contributing to the disconnect with the mainstream news agenda and the gaps within the reporting structure by building the capacity of the journalists from FATA and FR on investigative journalism, media ethics, conflict and hazard reporting, interfaith and anti-money laundering.
Tribal Union of Journalists President, Safdar Hayat Khan Dawar with CEO Mishal, Amir Jahangir
The President of the expressed the need for training on socio-economic issues for the journalists without being exposed to life-endangering threats and extended the union’s cooperation towards Mishal’s Media Development Initiative. He said that the Tribal Union of Journalists is the only body in FATA that has struggled for the protection of the journalists in an area where Press Laws do not exist.
The journalists from FATA and the Frontier Regions have been feeding the global news grid over the last decade by reporting on war on terror, as a result of which the Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan, Amir Jahangir believes that in the process the social face of FATA has been lost. He explained to TUJ that the journalists should immediately start contributing on issues that cover the social and economic dimensions of their respective agencies and regions and for this purpose Mishal intends to contribute in terms of providing the knowledge platform. Jahangir a strategic communication and media professional was honoured as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum for his initiatives on improving the state of media in Pakistan.
Mishal Pakistan is a strategic communications company established in 2003. It has undertaken the Media Development Initiative in
Pakistan encouraging diversity and pluralistic content development facilitating the journalists through knowledge-sharing platforms in understanding issues in global perspective. To bolster best practices and to promote original journalism which highlights a socially responsible media; Mishal has memorandum of understanding with the press clubs and journalist associations. There are over a hundred press clubs in the country, which gives Mishal the capacity of over 30,000 journalists across Pakistan.
AGAHI, a programme recently launched by Mishal Pakistan, is increasing the capacity of Investigative and Responsible Journalism in the country. This programme aims to use institutionalized sustainable media structures in Pakistan to raise the bar of journalistic standards. The programme works in collaboration with the Center for International Media Ethics, Faith Matters, Center for Investigative Journalists in Bosnia-Sarajevo, Naya Jeevan and Zigron Training. The programme has successfully created a debate amongst the journalists from Multan, Karachi, Rawalpindi/Islamabad and Mirpur-AJK on media ethics, interfaith, anti-money laundering and the importance of investigative journalism.
The signing ceremony was also attended by the Center for International Media Ethics Ambassador to Pakistan, Puruesh Chaudhary and by other members of TUJ from the tribal belt, which included North Waziristan and Bajaur Agency.