Journalists ask to focus on development and peace journalism

Peshawar: Journalists at a Media Training Workshop were asked to focus on Development and Peace Journalism in order to raise issues of public and voice for the voiceless people.

In the three-day Media Training Workshop, in which journalists from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Provincially Administered Tribal Area (PATA) including Bajaur, Mohmand, Khyber and Kuram Agencies and Districts Chitral, Lower and Upper Dir participated, who were imparted skills how to improve their development and peace journalism, here at Peshawar.

The training workshop was organized by South Asia Partnership of Pakistan (SAP-P) in connection with Citizens for Peace Development with trainer Ali Imran Bangash while Regional Programme Manager of the SAP-P Sikander Zaman and Regional Coordinators Allah Noor Afridi and Naeem Khattak were also present in the training.

The participants were introduced to peace and development journalism and highlight issues being faced by the masses in the workshop, who were sensitized about the growing trend of development journalism in developing world and underscored its need in FATA and PATA areas.

The content of the workshop was largely based on writing development journalism stories and building perspectives on development from community angle. Another aspect of the workshop focused on understanding conflict and peace initiatives through media and community involvement.

Ali Imran told that such trainings are pivotal as people are fed-up of political and sensational issues. “People want development and would like to have their say in their community affairs”, he told and added that media owners and editors would need to give space to such issues to promote welfare and economic sustainability.

Sikander Zaman called upon the participants to fully utilize the training in their journalistic duties as a benefactor on regional development and community empowerment. He stressed that civil societies and donor agencies could greatly assist such journalism in aid of community development. He said that transparency and good governance would be ensured through involvement of development and peace journalism.

At the concluding of the three-day media training workshop, Chief Guest President Khyber Union of Journalists (KhUJ) Nisar Mahmud said that finding space for development stories is an uphill task in print media. He appreciated SAP-P for initiative in arranging such a thematic workshop for FATA and PATA journalists. He said that with support of civil societies, peace and development could be highlighted with the help of such trained journalists.

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