Pamir Times: producing independent news for remote regions



Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs (Strategic Partnership)


Pamir Times

Overall objective

Free Press Unlimited works together with Pamir Times towards the objective of strengthening Pamir Times as an independent news and media organization in order to promote media and democracy in the politically deprived and underserved regions of Gilgit-Baltistan and Chitral.

Achieved results

1. Provide independent and reliable news and views on Gilgit-Baltistan, Chitral and Kohistan region.

Pamir Times produces and shares independent information to and about the remote regions of Pakistan through their website and growing social media, publishing articles and video reports regularly in Urdu, English, Wakhi and Burushaski. They have succeeded in growing their audience accross all platforms, by developing their social media skills, publishing more multimedia reports and frequently reviewing and improving the quality of their content.

Pamir Times’ reporting has been increasingly recognized as a reliable source of information. This can be seen in the way Pamir Times has been cited by international think tanks, NGOs, PhD researchers, and other media organisations. Their reports have led to action taken by authorities, such as a series of reports leading to the improvement of general conditions in schools.

2. Equip and improve skills of reporters/citizen journalists to produce quality news stories.

As part of an ongoing, multi-year backing of Pamir Times to develop the capacity of its reporters and citizen journalists to produce quality news reports, in 2018 training focused on social media use and producing video reports.