Peshawar: Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP), in its continuing efforts to improve awareness and understanding of the security and justice system of the province, held an awards competition to recognize the achievements of journalists in security and justice reporting.
More than 20 print and broadcast journalists from KP participated in the awards. Participants submitted entries under three categories: print stories, print articles and video news reports. Winners were judged on a number of quality criteria including: news value, research and balance, writing skills, shot selection and editing skills.
The best print article award went to Mr. Mohmammad Fayaz (Daily Mashriq), the best video news report was awarded to Mr. Tariq Waheed (SAMAA TV) and best news story was awarded to Javed Aziz (The News International).
Jury members included Brig. (R) Asad Munir, who is also a senior defense analyst; Matiullah Jan, senior anchor and journalist; and Dr. Faizullah Jan, assistant professor at the department of journalism and mass communications at the University of Peshawar.
Syed Akhtar Ali Shah, Secretary, Home and Tribal Affairs Department of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa was the chief guest at the occasion. The Secretary lauded the efforts of the participants and thanked them for their contribution to raising awareness about the security and justice sector of KP.
Speaking at the occasion, he said, “Media is considered as “mirror” of the modern society. Infact, it is the media which shapes our lives and is now an opinion maker for the masses. It cannot be overemphasized that the purpose of the media is to inform people about current, new affairs and to educate them towards nation building. This is a big responsibility.”
The ceremony was held under Aitebaar, which is a four-year program funded by the UK Government’s Department for International Development, which supports the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to implement its peace building strategy in the province.