‘Media must educate people about polls’
KARACHI: Caretaker Infor-mation Minister Sindh Noorul Huda Shah said that media should educate people to ask questions but not to point fingers, and popular media’s role is in contrast to the role of a journalist.
Caretaker minister was addressing National Conference on Democracy, Media and Elections 2013 organised by Women Media Centre (WMC), here on Thursday, in collaboration with Commonwealth Journalists Association and National Endowment for Democracy.
Speakers at the conference laid emphases on continuity of democracy and positive role of media, and said that it is necessary for our women to participate in every field.
Speaking on the occasion, renowned human rights activists and columnist Ibn Abdur Rehman said that today in many districts of FATA it has been decided that women will not cast votes. Media needs to support them in casting their vote, but will media do this?
The role of media is not to demolish people; it actually has to expose everything that is against the public, stated Rehman. He further stressed that role of media is to protect public rights.
Renowned TV anchor Iftikhar Ahmad also addressed the conference and answered a few questions regarding elections. He said that a blank box in ballot paper could have affected the voters’ turnout. Finally we have reached a decision that we want democracy as a nation. We have to have people come out of their homes and cast votes.
Executive Director WMC Fauzia Shaheen highlighted the role of female journalists, and said that democracy is meaningless without participation of women.
Source: Daily Times