RTI Law to benefit media a lot: Secy: Information

Peshawar: Secretary Information and Public Relations Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Azmat Hanif Orakzai has said that access to information is the constitutional right of every individual; however, the provincial government law about “Right to Information” will benefit media a lot.

He expressed these views at the concluding ceremony of a four days training course for women journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on “strengthening capacity of Pakistani women TV journalists” at a local hotel Peshawar on Tuesday.

The training course was organized by IPDC/UNESCO in collaboration with Women Media Centre Pakistan. Director Information, Behramand Jan, Incharge Women Media Centre Pakistan Fozia Shaheen, media representatives and women journalists were present on the occasion.

Secretary Information said TV these days was the most powerful and elective medium of communication and journalism that was why it is known to be the 4th pillar of the state. While talking about right to information, he said when he was drafting and presenting this bill in the assembly, he had in mind that not only general public but specially media personnel would be benefited from it.

He said journalism being a social responsibility, one should not misuse information. Secretary Information while terming the training as very beneficial for participants said that it would help the young women journalists fulfilling their professional obligations more effectively.

Highlighting the challenges confronted to journalists, Azmat Hanif said young journalist were in need to be professionally trained at large scale and informed them about their responsibilities. He said working in electronic media needed enhanced skill development which needed proper training.

He said RTI Law would benefit journalists a lot as they always needed more information. He directed the participants of the course to use media for the development of the nation and help in developing positive thought. Secretary Information at the end distributed certificates among the participants of the course.

It is worth mentioning that different media tools were used to enhance the capacity of women journalists. During the closing ceremony, participants while giving their views on four days experience of the training said they had a learning time with technical and practical enhancing skills.

This training was an asset for their careers. Women journalists from all over the province participated in the training.