Training of trainers workshop on media coverage of conflict, governance and gender concludes.

KARACHI, March 26: Former minister and CEO of PIA and Pakistan Cricket Board, Arif Abbasi has said media is playing important role. It is best check on institutions and the government.

This he said during certificate distribution ceremony of three days training of trainers on journalism themes today in Karachi. Journalists came from different districts of Pakistan participated in the training that was conducted by international journalism trainer from Sri Lanka,  Ranga Kalansooriya.

Secretary General of Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) Owais Aslam said that journalists should understand seriousness of issues of conflict zone reporting, democracy and gender. Without understanding basic and core issues, balanced, responsible and independent reporting is not possible.

The training of trainers workshops on journalism skills and journalism thematic reporting conducted by PPF is part of a major project “Support to Media in Pakistan” supported by DANIDA, the development arm of the Danish Government, and implemented through Pakistani media development groups with technical assistance of International Media Support (IMS). The project aims at improving media professionalism through better journalism practices and promoting a professional environment for journalists.

Kalansooriya told in the participants that media houses and owners of newspaper should make policy for safety of reporters, cameramen and photographers. Safety of life of media personnel is more important than a news. In Pakistan, from 2001 onward, rapid expansion of media coincided with conflict and war against terrorism in the country.

He said, while reporting on democracy, the media focus on electoral reporting. Media focuses  excessively around political affairs and political leaders. The coverage of assemblies focuses on the disagreements between political personalities and so forth. The issues of legislature and different parliamentary committees and not highlighted. The news related to corruption is given less coverage, comparatively.

It was said that the reports regarding social empowerment of women are not highlighted by the mainstream media as compared to the domestic violence against women. Newspapers place the gender based stories in the city pages only.

Fifteen make and female journalists from Abbotabad, Lahore, Larkana, Jafferabad, Hyderabad, Peshwar, Karachi, Rahimyar Khan, Bahawalpur, Multan, Mansehra, Sukkur and Islamabad  participated in this training of trainers workshop.  These participants will now organize similar trainings for their fellow journalists in their home towns.