China, Pakistan media pledge to counter false propaganda -
Pakistan Press Foundation

China, Pakistan media pledge to counter false propaganda

Pakistan Press Foundation

The Chinese and Pakistani Media Tuesday pledged together to counter propaganda through enhanced communications and building stronger linkages by creating the “China-Pakistan Media Corridor”.

This was discussed during the First China-Pakistan Media Forum held with the thematic objective of “strengthening China Pakistan relations through informed dialogue”. The forum was organised by the Institute of Peace and Diplomatic Studies in Islamabad.

It was urged that the China-Pakistan Media should work together for a lasting and unified response to false information. It was decided that the media forum should be organised regularly to deal with the challenges and build opportunities for working together. Distinguished speakers from both countries aimed at strengthening the ties between China and Pakistan and to boost relations through enhanced channels of communications.

Founder China-Pakistan Media Forum and Institute of Peace and Development Studies Farhat Asif, in her opening remarks, said that this platform has been established to build stronger ties amongst the media groups from both sides. She further added the China Pakistan Media Forum strengthens the bond not only in the news but other important ways of communications, including films, drama, TV, travel guides, translations, and other services.

Speaking on the occasion Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting Faisal Javed Khan said that there are continuous attempts to jeopardise the Pak-China relationship and damaging the CPEC through fake news and propaganda. But media from both sides will counter these negative narratives that are artificially generated to damage the Pak-China relationship and reframe them with more efficiency for better building of relations. He was of the view that such a forum was necessary, timely, and should continue the process to build lasting partnerships with the media outlets of both sides.

Ambassador of the People’s Republic of China, Nong Rong said that China and Pakistan are facing strong media propaganda and disinformation. Some external forces are hostile and trying to undermine the development of China and Pakistan systematically. Both sides of the media should work to promote truth, justice, and fairness and become a positive force for regional peace and stability. In order to promote the understanding of Chinese and Urdu languages, China has launched an Urdu media service to counter the negative public opinions and strengthen mutual collaboration. Ambassador Nong also proposed ways to further strengthen collaboration in the media.

Ambassador of Pakistan to China Moin-ul-Haque said that in this digital age, media is not just the source of information but it influences public opinions and inter-state relations. China Pakistan Media collaboration can deepen the relations and help understand each other’s points of view. As well as the technological evolution and developments in the geopolitical arena have rendered the role of media very important in shaping narratives.

Sultana Siddiqui, President of Hum Network Limited said that collaboration between media helps to promote cultural ties and build people-to-people ties to the next level. She has also urged the need to work on the challenges that may hamper the collaboration from both sides.

Wang Qianting, Senior journalist, Urdu Service of China Media Group, gave a speech in Urdu and said that friendship between China and Pakistan has a special place that will remain evergreen. Prof. Zhou Rong, Senior Fellow of Chongyang Institute for Financial Study of Renmin University said that Chinese media needs to showcase what Pakistan has been doing against terrorism and for peace and stability in Afghanistan and also China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project should be advertised by media groups of both countries.

A large number of Chinese and Pakistan media representatives, journalists, students, faculty members, and civil society leaders joined this hybrid event.

Source: Daily Times

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