Before the establishment of Peshawar Press Club some 50 years ago, the journalists used to sit and attend press conferences in a single room allocated in famous Deans Hotel (now Deans Trade Centre), which then was called as Press Room. The building of first press club in Peshawar was consisting of two rooms in the old Municipal Committee building (now converted into a College for Women), which was situated in the heart of the city at Chowk Yadgar.
After getting a converging point, they not only worked for the democratic norms and ethical values in journalism, but went through elections exercise to elect a president and office bearers for the Peshawar Press Club in the same year. With the demolition of old building, local journalists were left with no place to sit in. And their city, once known for its flowers and Buddhist spiritual, philosophical and literary heritage, remained without a Press Club. After eight years long years,
A small portion in the precinct of Peshawar Museum was allotted to house the Peshawar Press Club on December 21, 1974. With the growing developments in media, the strength of journalists grew manifold that necessitated a full-fledge building for the press club.
It was in 2001, when the first-ever separate building for the Peshawar Press Club was constructed. At the moment, Peshawar Press Club have a membership of more than 300 working journalists affiliated with over 35 media outlets both from print and electronic media. Members of press club elect five-member cabinet with a 10 member governing body to run its day-to-day affairs. Apart from being a cultural and welfare oriented body of the journalists, the Peshawar Press Club is also known as a symbol of democracy and freedom of press, as all the political parties, civil society organizations are provided equal opportunities to present their view points on any issue to the world.
The Peshawar Press Club also works for the capacity building and skill development of its members by organizing different professional courses. Similarly, the Peshawar Press Club also performs due role in promoting educational, literary, cultural and sports activities in the society. With the emergence of new conflict zones in the region, efforts have being made to convert Peshawar press club into a modern media complex, equipped with technological gadgets and professional kits to ensure unhindered flow of information to the world.
I would like to thank the members of the association for the opportunity to serve you. I look forward to an exciting year working on your behalf as well as the chance to meet with the other associations across the country.