Natural disasters: Need stressed to give humanitarian reporting importance Radio termed best information tool of information during calamities

KHAIRPUR: A noted writer and media expert Suhail Memon said on Wednesday that humanitarian reporting should be given importance during natural disasters so as to save life and property of people.

This he said while delivering a lecture on disaster and humanitarian reporting, organized by Department of Media Studies, Shah Abdul Latif University in Khairpur. Memon said that reporters should focus on traditional current affairs, political and criminal reporting.

He expressed concern that reporters are not given importance beat like humanitarian and disaster reporting. He said that in the wake of last super floods 2010, Radio was a major tool of information and that is why humanitarian organizations distributed more 10,000 Radio sets for weather advisory.

Same situation was during earthquake 2005 when 100,000 Radio sets were distributed in earthquake-hit areas for provision of relief and rehabilitation. Memon said that during disaster, feeding of information is as important as the food and shelter for people and during last floods, media gave complete information about floods as a result, people and government evacuated villages and cities before flood arrival.

He said accuracy is most important in any sort of reporting. It is duty of reporter to write true sentences and verified statement and facts. He urged students studying in media study department to report truth and ensure balanced reporting. Earlier, Chairman Department of Media Studies Prof Dr Taj Mohammad Lashari highlighted the importance of media role in this regard and said that his department is providing all facilities.

He said that students are future generation of journalism and it is our effort to teach maximum skills of reporting writing to them. Ishrat Ali Mirani, Lecturer Department of International Relations, also informed about prospectus of the political and diplomatic reporting. Ahmed Ali Memon, Ms Maria Issani and Ahmed Ali Hingoro also spoke on the occasion.