A journalist since September 1989 having covered Afghanistan, tribal areas of Pakistan, northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa for national and international media organizations, such as The Friday Times, Daily Times, AFP and Himal. Last assignment as journalist was with Daily Times as its bureau chief – March 2002-March 2015 - in Peshawar near the Afghan border. Monitoring freedom of expression, freedom of press and issue of impunity of crimes against media and its practioners since 1999 for Reporters Without Borders (RWB) and other organizations. Authored special report for RWB in 2000 – ‘The Taliban and the Media.’ It was the first of its researched report to look into the ultra-conservative regime’s suppressive measures against the media in Afghanistan. Safety and security of journalists have been key area to work on. Served Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety (PCOMS) as national coordinator between May 2013-June 2015 implementing the UN Plan of Action on the journalists’ safety and the issue of impunity in Pakistan. Also, consultant on journalists’ safety & security in Pakistan. Member of governing bodies of Pakistan Coalition on Ethical Journalism (PCEJ), Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI) and Pakistan Journalists Safety Fund (PJSF). In May 2013, co-founded Freedom Network, Pakistan’s first 24/7 watchdog organization monitoring Press Freedom and Freedom of Expression and journalists’ rights violations. In December 2017, Freedom Network won French Republic’s prestigious Human Rights Prize for defending fundamental human rights. Leads Freedom Network as Executive Director since January 2018. Has been a researcher, analyst, writer, political and media commentator, blogger and activist since 1989. Can be reached at khattak63[at]gmail.com
Adnan Rehmat has a background in journalism and media development. In a professional career spanning about three decades, he has edited newspapers, managed news agencies and established and led media development organizations, focusing on media professionalism issues. He has also managed the Pakistan operations of INGOs Internews Network and International Media Support, leading landmark programs focusing on media safety, media ethics and media diversity. As a development consultant based in Islamabad, Pakistan, but widely travelled in-country and internationally, his primary interests include media-related advocacy and research and communications strategies. He is also an analyst and writes regularly for national and international publications on media development, social development and politics. He has several research publications related to the Pakistani media and communications landscape to his credit. He also serves on the boards and steering committees of several independent national organizations, alliances and platforms. He can be reached on adrehmat[at]gmail.com
Muhammad Badar Alam
Muhammad Badar Alam has been a journalist for more than a quarter of a century. He has worked with a number of prominent news publications after starting his career with Urdu daily Jang’s Sunday magazine in Lahore as a researcher and writer in the winter of 1992. He has worked at the editorial desk of English daily The News as a sub-editor, city editor and shift in charge, with its weekly magazine, The News on Sunday, as a senior reporter and then as deputy editor, with the news website of South Asia Free Media Association (SAFMA) as deputy editor, with a Delhi-based English daily Mail Today as its Pakistan correspondent and with the English language current affairs monthly, the Herald, as its Lahore bureau chief. Since the summer of 2010, Muhammad Badar Alam has been working as the Herald magazine’s editor in Karachi.
Muhammad Aftab Alam
Mr Alam is a law and policy expert with more than 18 years of work experience in the fields of rule of law, right to information and transparency, freedom of expression and media development, and governance and legislative reforms. Since 2001, he has been involved in research and advocacy on rule of law, right to information legislation, police reforms, prevention of acid crimes, safety and security of journalists and ethical challenges of media in Pakistan. Mr Alam headed the Law Department of Internews Network INGO as media law and policy advisor during 2003-06. During 2009- 2011supervised/managed a number of research and advocacy projects of the World Bank, Internews, SAARC Human Resource Development Centre (SHRDC) and National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), Centre for Peace and Development Initiative (CPDI) and Intermedia Pakistan. Mr. Alam is Founding Director of the Institute for Research, Advocacy and Development (IRADA). Mr Alam has authored/coauthored number of research publications which include: Hate Speech versus Free Speech – Shrinking Spaces for Minority Voices Online (2019), Narratives of Marginalization (2018), The State of Digital Rights in Pakistani Cyber Space (2017), Journalists Safety Law for Pakistan: a best practices draft bill (2017), Right to Information Legislation in Pakistan: challenges and success stories (2017), Model Broadcast Law (2017), Modernizing Media Law in Pakistan: Review of Legal Framework Governing Media (2017), Employment Contracts of Media Workers: an overview of employment contracts in Pakistan (2016); Right to Information and Media Law in Pakistan (2015); Reference Manual on Freedom of Information and Investigative Journalism; Draft Model Right to Information Act 2012, Mainstreaming of Pakistani Tribal Areas into National Media Legal Framework (2011); and World Bank's research on Post Crisis Need Assessment (PCNA) of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province in 2010. Mr Alam has been affiliated with a number of local and international networks such as the Freedom of Information Advocates (FOIA) Network, Coalition on Right to Information (CRTI), the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety (PCOMS); Pakistan Coalition on Media Legal Reforms (PCMLR); and the Pakistan Coalition on Ethical Journalism (PCEJ). Mr Alam can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms Faizah Hassan
She is project coordinator at Freedom Network. She has over nine years of experience in development sector. Over years, she has worked on various projects on governance, right-to-information, transparency, and Freedom of Expression involving research and data collection. She holds a Master’s degree in Economics. Currently at Freedom Network, she supports and manages projects on journalist’s safety and media safety in Pakistan.
Nafisa Hasanova, Project Manager
Nafisa Hasanova is the project manager of MOM India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, she has previously managed MOM Ukraine (2016), MOM Serbia (2017) and MOM Albania (2018) for RSF. Before joining RSF Nafisa worked on Transdniestrian settlement process for the Finnish Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) Martti Ahtisaari Centre. From 2012 to 2014 she worked as policy officer for Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia at APRODEV, now ACT Alliance EU in Brussels. In 2008-2012 Nafisa worked as project manager of EUCAM (EU Central Asia Monitoring) at the Centre for European Policy Studies (CEPS and FRIDE) in Brussels. Nafisa, holds an MA in Intercultural Communication and European Studies from the University of Applied Studies in Fulda, Germany. She completed a BA in English Philology at the Samarkand State Institute of Foreign Languages in Uzbekistan.
Josefine Spannuth, Junior Project Manager
Josefine Spannuth is a junior project manager in charge for the Media Ownership Monitor in India and Pakistan. Before, she supported the Implementation of MOM in the Philippines as an intern. First experiences in terms of intercultural project oriented work which she made during her time at the Hope Project New-Delhi/India, shaped her studies afterwards. Studying cultural studies and digital media with a focus on postcolonial matters as well as a special curiosity for Asia, generated a major interest in the interface of sustainable development cooperation and the complex influences of media.
Olaf Steenfadt, Head of Media Ownership Monitor
Olaf Steenfadt heads the "Media Ownership Monitor" project and the "Journalism Trust Initiative" at the press freedom watchdog Reporters Without Borders, RSF. For many years, he has been engaged as a consultant and coach in media development cooperation. Mandates of international organizations and NGOs lead him primarily to Southeast Europe and the Arab world. He previously worked for national German public broadcasters ARD and ZDF in various roles, including as a radio and TV presenter, investigative reporter, domestic and foreign correspondent, as well as in format development and corporate communication. Olaf is a member of the "High-level Expert Group on Fake News and Online Disinformation" of the European Commission and of the "Committee of Experts on Quality of Journalism in the Digital Age" at the Council of Europe. He teaches frequently at universities in Germany and Europe.
Freedom Network is a Pakistan-based media watchdog organization registered with government of Pakistan. The organization’s core value is to protect freedom of expression, including freedom of the press and Internet, and access to information and promote an informed society that sees media as a key partner in a democratic and pluralist Pakistan. The organization was awarded prestigious French Republic’s Human Rights Prize in December 2017.
Freedom Network runs seven safety hubs in collaboration with press clubs to monitor offline and online attacks on journalists and press freedom violations 24/7 and facilitate journalists in four different assistance categories when they are at risk for their journalism works.
Reporters Without Borders
Reporters Without Borders (Reporter Sans Frontières, RSF) was founded in Montpellier (France) in 1985 by four journalists. It is registered in France as a non-profit organization and has consultant status at the United Nations and UNESCO. RSF advocates for media freedom, supports independent media and protects endangered journalists worldwide. Its missions are
- To continuously monitor attacks on freedom of information worldwide;
- To denounce any such attacks in the media;
- To act in cooperation with governments to fight censorship and laws aimed at restricting freedom of information;
- To morally and financially assist persecuted journalists, as well as their families.
- To offer material assistance to war correspondents in order to enhance their safety.
Since 1994, the German section is active in Berlin. Although the German section works closely with the International Secretariat in Paris to research and evaluate media freedom worldwide, it is organizationally and financially independent. In that role, it has applied for a grant at the federal German Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development – in order to finance the Media Ownership Monitor project.