Islamabad, (April 29, 2019): Pakvoices.pk, a community media initiative has launched AAPCJ (Association of All Pakistan Citizen Journalists) for digital media entrepreneurs, citizen journalists and practitioners. AAPCJ’s main aim is to promote alternative media spaces in the country and to further the cause of freedom of expression, opinion, association and assembly in online spaces.
AAPCJ aspires to be a membership-led independent platform, construed to promote solidarity amongst the digital media activists and practitioners. Through this platform, digital media practitioners and activists will be provided with opportunities along with relevant discussions held to protect and promote their work. AAPCJ endeavors to bring together digital media practitioners, online media journalists, freelancers, Vloggers, bloggers, user content generators and social media activists.
A governing body, independent of PakVoices.com, will be elected by the members of AAPCJ, who would be responsible for the overall strategic direction of the association. PakVoices is committed to provide short-term facilitation and any possible technical support.
Pakistani media, both conventional and digital, has been receiving threats from different state, non-state and unknown actors including some of the predatory policies, for example country’s cyber-crimes law, national security provisions, etc. The journalists and activists are under a constant threat due to the nature of their work. In this scenario, there is a critical need for an independent platform for the recognition and protection of digital media journalists and practitioners.
AAPCJ aims at establishing a forum of solidarity amongst the citizen journalists, digital media activists and entrepreneurs by strengthening their body of work and acknowledging contributions. AAPCJ will also provide advice on protection mechanisms to the digital media practitioners and offer practical solutions to confront these challenges.
In addition, AAPCJ members will be provided with digital forensic support and mentoring opportunities on evolving citizen journalism opportunities and trends. As an outcome, the capacity of the members on safe use of digital media will be built along with an enhanced reach of their work by extensive content sharing on various platforms.
We welcome individuals and collective digital media initiatives active in Pakistani online spaces to join hands on AAPCJ platform.
Here you can find AAPCJ membership form.