PCEJ holds awareness seminar for mass communication students

September 3, 2014 Off By Web Desk

KARACHI: Pakistan Coalition for Ethical Journalism (PCEJ) held an awareness seminar on ‘Media Ethics in time of Threat’ for university students, pursuing a career in journalism, in Karachi Arts Council on Thursday.

A large number of Mass Communication students from diverse academia backgrounds attended the seminar including students of Karachi University (KU) and Federal Urdu University of Arts, Sciences & Technology (FUUAST). Many renowned journalists, lawyers, reporters, representative of journalist unions and professors also attended the seminar.

Reporters hailing from rural areas of Pakistan discussed the routinely work challenges and shared their stories.

Javed Shah, a Sindh-based reporter, discussed rural mindset and reporting challenges in rural areas and said that reporters usually faces hurdles when either they discover or come with facts which doesn’t meet social norms of relevant area. He further said that tribal lords or feudal usually restrain reporters from covering various incidents.

Moreover, a Quetta-based reporter for an international media shared his story of receiving life threats and said that due to threats he could not go back to Quetta for years now. “I received threats and went underground. Few days ago, I was thinking to move back to my hometown but recently two more journalists were gunned down,” he added.

The seminar was followed with a book launching ceremony. On the occasion, Adnan Rehmat, author ‘Reporting under Threat’ addressed the attendees and emphasized on ethical journalism. He said that Pakistan was among the countries where journalists were unsafe.

“612 journalists were killed in year 2012 of which more 10% of killings were reported from Pakistan. Beside state actors and non-state actors, media houses due to lack of technical knowledge are too responsible for the killings,” he added.

He further emphasized that threats nature and scale should be considered to prevent loss of lives. He said that his book depicts all stories which he collected from media persons and it focuses on ethical journalism.

Kamal Siddiqui, Editor Express Tribune, also contributed and urged media training, basic facilities to media persons for unbiased journalism.

In a response to a question from PPI, Adnan Rehmat said that media should more focus to public interest than national interest. He said that national interest varies time to time. He further criticized many renowned T.V anchors and said many of them didn’t have journalism background. “I don’t consider them journalists but opinion makers,” he added.

He said that it’s a noble profession where journalists work for suppressing class despite of challenges and internal dispute of media houses.

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