AMCAP | Association of Media & Communication Professionals - Lahore

2018 (B)

International media Conference

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development:

A Pakistani Perspective on UNESCO Report

February 27, 2018


University of the Punjab, Lahore


UNESCO in its 36th general Conference put a report on World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development to addresses the issues and to monitor and report on contemporary developments in press freedom and the safety of journalists. The first World Trends Report, published in 2014, concluded, to map key transformations in freedom of expression and media development globally between 2012 and 2017, a period marked by profound social, political and technological shifts. The issues presented in the report demands continuous discussions, feedback and monitoring. Some of the trends highlighted in the UNESCO report include: media freedom; media pluralism; media independence; and safety of journalists. This conference will bring forth Pakistani perspective on UNESCO report through deliberations of media practitioners, academicians, policy makers and other stakeholders.


•Partnership with UNESCO, Journalism and Media International Center (JMIC), Norway & Oslomet University Norway, ICS University of the Punjab.

•Seven sessions

•Thirteen international and eighty national delegates (Faculty, researchers and media


•Forty research paper presentations 


Conference Themes

Following are the key themes proposed for deliberations:


  1. Trends in Media Freedom
  1. Trends in Media Plularism

§  Media freedom in digital age

§  Freedom of expression its social, political and economic impacts

§  Right to access information

§  Media freedom and issues of national security

§  Governments media monitoring

§  Pretext to put restrictions on media

§  Online surveillance

§  Access to media platforms

§  Digital access

§  Diversity in media debates

§  Dealing with fake news

§  Women in media

§  Media conglomerates

§  Technology and media pluralism

3.   Trends in Media Independence

4.   Trends in Safety of Journalists

§  Media independence

§  Polarization in media

§  Factors creating media polarization

§  Corporate influence on media

§  Journalism credibility

§  Role of digital media

§  Journalist autonomy in news making process


§  Status of journalist safety

§  Why journalism is a dangerous profession?

§  Why Impunity for crimes against journalists is a norm?

§  Digital safety; an increasing concern for journalists

§  Women journalists

§  Media organizations role

§  Government and civil society role