May 22, 2022

Project Team

The Media for Transparency project team includes core team members of Media Matters for Democracy as well as new additions:

Asad Baig, Executive Director Media Matters for Democracy

Asad Baig started his media journey with Geo in 2004 and later worked with Open Society Foundations (OSF) as manager of their Media Program for four years. He has led national efforts for media safety, open access to the Internet, and professionalism in journalism. Asad is a founding member of the Pakistan Coalition on Media Safety, the Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism, and Alliance for Access. He believes in the power of media and wants to play his part in ensuring that the media in Pakistan embrace their true value, project progressive ideals and optimize their potential as an instrument to strengthen democracy. He is a co-founder of Media Matters for Democracy.

Sadaf Khan, Director Programs Media Matters for Democracy

Sadaf Khan has been associated with news media and the media development sector since 2002. She has worked with major print and broadcast news organisations in Pakistan. She has worked with media development civil society organisations on policy advocacy, journalists’ safety, media ethics, and capacity building for local journalists. She has written several research reports on the local media and guidebooks for journalists in Pakistan. Sadaf is a Chevening scholar and studied development communications at the London School of Economics. She is a co-founder of Media Matters for Democracy and the project lead for Media for Transparency.

Raja Mohsin Saleem, Director Operations Media Matters for Democracy

Mohsin started his career with Express News as assignment editor at the broadcast news channel’s Islamabad bureau where he managed a large team of reporters, camerapersons and technicians. He later worked at Dunya News as part of the launching team of the news channel. Mohsin has also worked at Intermedia Pakistan on issues related to professionalism and journalists’ safety in Pakistan. As Director Operations at Media Matters for Democracy, he has provided crucial administrative and logistical support to the Media for Transparency team.

Waqas Naeem, Project Manager & News Editor, Media for Transparency

Waqas is a former journalist and journalism instructor. He has previously worked at The Express Tribune, the Scripps Howard News Service, and the Columbia Missourian as a news reporter. He has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on journalism and communication at the National University of Sciences & Technology. As a Fulbright scholar, he completed his MA in Journalism from the Missouri School of Journalism. He has studied data journalism at the National Institute of Computer-Assisted Reporting.

Aniqa Haider, Illustrator Media for Transparency

Aniqa is a visual artist and works as the design manager at Media Matters for Democracy. She graduated from the National College of Arts in 2014 and has worked with several organisations as a graphics designer for five years. Aniqa has designed the Media for Transparency project logo and provides invaluable support by creating featured images and designs to go with the news content on the project website.

Former Members

Annam Lodhi

Annam Lodhi worked as a news reporter for Media for Transparency from May 2018 to February 2019. She currently works for Soch. Annam previously worked for Laaltain magazine, Channel 24 and Pakistan Today. Her stories have appeared in The Friday Times, Dawn, The Express Tribune and Global Voices. At Media for Transparency, she wrote data-driven stories on education, human rights, and public safety.

Hassan Abbas

Hassan Abbas worked as a content producer for Media for Transparency from May to December 2018. After leaving Media for Transparency, he worked for BBC Urdu in Pakistan. He is currently a graduate student of journalism at the New York University. Hassan is interested in producing digital news stories on politics, local governance, and current affairs. He helped develop news content for the Media for Transparency project website.