NGO for media impartiality in conflict reporting
PESHAWAR: The Individual and Pakistan has urged media to play a constructive role by demonstrating impartiality while doing conflict reporting, as it is a significant forum that could assist in resolving disputes.
Shaukat Ali Ashraf, a trainer of Individual and Pakistan, stressed the need for media impartiality in conflict reporting. He said this while addressing a training session conducted for journalists at Swat Press Club on Wednesday.
He said such reporting created an environment of dialogue and debate, while bringing various quarters on one platform, to resolve an issue peacefully.
He added that journalists were increasingly becoming a target of violence, as they are pulled into the conflict.
“Media personnel in Pakistan performed their duties in harmful way, more often than their colleagues in other countries. With limited resources and lack of training, the journalists working in conflict areas face difficulties, while reporting” he pointed out.
Emphasize on unbiased and impartial reporting is also required, to create an environment of dialogue and debate, while also generating potential solutions.
Individual and Pakistan (IL-Pakistan) is actively engaged with the Pakistani media. Individual and Pakistan has initiated a training program with the support of NED (National Endowment for Democracy), for print and radio journalists of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Baluchistan.
As part of their effort, IL-Pakistan organized a workshop on conflict sensitive journalism, on 17th July, at Swat. Media personnel from Swat attended the workshop.
The training focused upon enabling journalists to report on conflict constructively and in a manner, which does not jeopardize their own well-being.