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Tools for » PBF/NPL/A-3 Increasing the safety of journalists
Project ID:00085992Description:PBF/NPL/A-3 Increasing the
Peacebuilding Fund
Start Date *: 16 Mar 2013
Democratic Governance -W2
End Date*: 31 Dec 2015
Country: Nepal Project Status: Financially Closed
  Participating Organization:   UNESCO - United Nations Educational, Sc

Project Description:

The project aims at improving the security situation of journalists and media professionals in Nepal on three different levels.

  • A nationally owned independent mechanism is to be established that provides an appropriate framework to tackle the issues of endangered journalists and the impunity of the perpetrators.
  • Furthermore, security sector institutions will have the capacity to play their role to protect journalists, and political stakeholders and the public at large will acknowledge the importance of security of journalists for freedom of the media and subsequently Nepal’s peace and development process, and will act accordingly.
  • In addition, male and female journalists will be trained on how to encounter cases of threats towards journalists and individual security strategies, respectively.

The main anticipated peace building impact of the project is its contribution to increase the population’s confidence in security sector institutions by making them more capable, accountable and responsive to Nepal’s diverse society.  This will be exemplified by addressing the security situation of journalists as they play an essential role in the peace process by providing people access to non-partisan information through independent, free and pluralistic media.  This access allows people to better understand the political and socio-economic environment and the implications of political, economic and cultural decisions for their future.

PBF Outcome:

Citizens’ confidence in security sector institutions has increased as a result of these institutions becoming more capable, accountable and responsive to Nepal’s diverse society.

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