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Rural Media Network Pakistan
Region: Asia and the Pacific
The Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) was established in 2004 with the financial support of the newspaper Nawa-I-AhmedpurSharqia, and its printing house. RMNP is an organization with the object of assisting the development of independent rural media in Pakistan. This was to be done by conducting training programmes for both male and female journalists, carrying out World Press Freedom Day and freedom of expression seminars, and campaigning to defend and promote the freedom of press. Newspaper Nawa-I-AhmedpurSharqia provides annual funds to run its website, salaries of its employees and utility bills etc and sometimes for the implementation of its activities.
The RMNP regularly organizes training programmes and seminars in rural centres which address the issues facing the Pakistani media. In particular RMNP has worked for the improvement of professional skills, and to raise rural journalists awareness of professional, social, political, and human rights issues, including those related to the environment.
The RMNP collaborates with local press clubs and journalists unions and the Citizens Media Commission of Pakistan on the national level. On the international level it has developed relations with UNESCO, the Commonwealth Journalists Association (CJA), the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), the World Association of Newspapers & News Publishers (WAN-IFRA), Reporters Sans Frontiers (RSF),Global Editors Network(GEN),International Press Institute(IPI) ,the International News Safety Institute (INSI) and Global Forum For Media Development(GFMD).