Media workshop on ‘conflict reporting:
KARACHI, May 18 2006: speakers at a workshop on ‘conflict reporting’ at Karachi Press Club on May 17(Wednesday) underlined the importance of balance reporting in case of conflict situation by providing factual and objective information. They suggested proper use of language, terms and under standing of causes, nature of conflict and vested interest involved to sustain it. Senior journalists and professors were of the view that growth of private TV channels in Pakistan was healthy thing but cautioned over increasing tendency of lack of professionalism and responsibility.
Dr Moonis Ahmar, professor of International Relations Department in KU said that journalists could play a vital role in a conflict situation by objective reporting. He believed that quality of the reporting could be enhanced by inducting professionals, developing conceptual understanding, providing freedom to undiluted information and accurate coverage and resources and safeguards at the disposal of reporters. He claimed that electronics media had become buffer in peace process between India and Pakistan. He suggested conflict-reporting course in Mass Communication departments in the universities. Tauseef Ahmed, professor of Mass Communication Department in Federal Urdu University regretted what he called journalism of attachment and lack of objectivity.
Source: The Nation