My project to make a photo documentary about the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan has gradually merged with a new initiative to promote independent journalism in that region.
A group of motivated people from Pakistan and elsewhere has set up the Journalism Resource Center (JRC), based in Bajaur Agency on the Pakistan-Afghanistan border. Muhammad Khurshid, initiator of the JRC, has come up with the proposal to train and equip 20 emerging journalists from this chronically under- and misrepresented region. This is a highly ambitious undertaking since Pakistan in general and the FATA in particular are not only the most dangerous grounds for journalists, the Pakistani government is also not too happy with uncensored reporting from this conflict-ridden area.
At the moment we are still struggling to structure and organize our efforts and – more importantly – get some funding so we can start supporting the journalism candidates with training and equipment.
Apart from some much-needed cash, the JRC and the journalists in the FATA desperately need:
- cameras (video and still)
- audio equipment
- and the software connected to the above
Manufacturers (yes that means you Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony etc.), wholesalers and retailers and indeed everybody who wants to do something for the development of independent journalism in Pakistan’s tribal areas, is strongly encouraged to get into contact with Mr. Muhammad Khurshid (firstname.lastname@example.org) or me (email@example.com).
Any other form of support is of course most welcome as well!