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SAFMA distributes awards among student journalists

LAHORE: Awards were distributed among students of the South Asian Media School (SAMS) in a ceremony organised by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) at the South Asian Media Centre here on Monday.

As many as 15 students from across the South Asian countries, including Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan completed the Media Training Course on television and radio journalism.

SAFMA General Secretary Imtiaz Alam congratulated the students on their efforts and told them to act as responsible professionals. He said, “The media is a power that has both productive and destructive impacts, and if it is used irresponsibly, it can wreak havoc.”

He hoped that a mechanism could be evolved in the near future, similar to the European Union’s, in which there would be no visa restriction on people to move within the South Asian countries.

He said SAMS would hold its next training session with the collaboration of Deutsche Welle (DW). He also said the campus would have its own FM radio station soon.

Arjumand Bano, a producer and broadcast journalist, told the students that the media had become more powerful since the emergence of industrialisation. She provided technical training to the students.

She said the young professionals should perform their duties responsibly to avoid any damage due to the misuse of the media’s power.

She praised journalists and SAFMA for their movement for the media’s freedom.

Muneeza Hashmi, Munoo Bhai, Hussain Naqi, Saleema Hashmi and Anjum Rashid were amongst the prominent personalities present on the occasion. Helen Scott, the trainer from Thompson Foundation, United Kingdom, could not take part in the event, and left a written message for the students. At the end, the students gave their presentations on both radio and television journalism. Later, awards and certificates were given to the passing out students.
Source: Daily Times
Date:3/11/2008