'Journalism transforms society, politics and economics' -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

Paksitan Press Foundtion

‘Journalism transforms society, politics and economics’

Karachi: The best journalism is there to transform society, attitude, politics, and economics and change the system, said National Endowment for Democracy (NED) Programme Officer Wilson Lee while addressing a conference organised by the Women Media Centre (WMC) in honour of concluding four, ten-day training workshops.

“I think the quality of the news packages that the female journalists and participants of the training had prepared was quite remarkable. This is the true face of our vision,” he said, adding that democratic institutions in Pakistani society are still weak and the media is an emerging force that will help strengthen these institutions.

“It is surprising to see so many women entering the media,” said Brian Joseph, NED North Asia and Far East Director. “You could offer trainings but it only works when the participants of the training are dedicated to their profession,” he added. “It is very encouraging for us to hear that people are getting things out of this workshop and that they want more — more equipment, more time and more and a greater range of subjects,” he said.

WMC Executive Director Fauzia Shaheen said that one of the prime agendas of the organisation was to work for democracy. “We are promoting democratic behaviours and providing platforms for a dialogue on democracy. We are also promoting gender equality and pluralism, as well as working to eradicate gender discrimination in the media,” she said.

She added that many senior journalists, famous politicians, elected representatives, owners of media houses, director news of different channels, students and teachers of different universities have shown their full support and cooperation for achieving our set objectives.

Dr Huma Baqai, Professor at IBA and anchor on PTV, also addressed the conference. News packages prepared by female journalists and student trainees of the workshops were also screened on the occasion.
Source: The News
Date:7/14/2009