Pakistan | Institute for War and Peace Reporting



IWPR's Open Minds project in Pakistan seeks to engage youth in public discussion and debate. It works in 42 state schools and madrassas across the country's troubled areas – Northwest Frontier Province (including Swat Valley), Karachi and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas – training some 4,000 secondary school students, both boys and girls, in basic journalism and discussion skills. The project's young trainees have published a number of articles in Pakistani newspapers and a group in the remote northern area of Chitral has launched a radio show with all reports recorded by student trainees.


Malala Yousafzai opening the new Library of Birmingham. September 3, 2013. (Photo: Christopher Furlong/Getty Images. © Getty Images)
11 Oct 13
Young activist campaigns for girls to go to school in Pakistan and across the world.
Malala Yousafzai in hospital, with her father Ziauddin and her two younger brothers. (Photo: Malala/Facebook)
IWPR staff
9 Nov 12
Courageous youth activist “surprised” at attention she's received.
Malala Yousafzai attends an Open Minds awards ceremony, December 2010. (Photo: IWPR)
Anthony Borden
12 Oct 12
Malala Yousafzai showed the way for young Pakistanis to speak freely, and Taleban extremists reacted with the only methods they know.
Mukarram Khan Atif reporting from his home Mohmand Agency. Photo courtesy of Voice of America. (Copyright VOA)
IWPR staff
18 Jan 12
Leading reporter Mukarram Khan Atif murdered by Taleban gunmen while at prayer.
The News International - Myra Imran
28 Mar 11
Leading English-language newspaper in the country reports on findings of a review of IWPR’s ground-breaking media project.
21 Oct 10
International broadcaster devotes programme to IWPR’s groundbreaking journalism project in Pakistan.
Ella Rolfe
29 Sep 10
Authority responsible for registered madrassas in Pakistan eager to introduce IWPR media training into more schools.