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Highlight basic rights of oppressed groups

ISLAMABAD – Speakers asked journalists to highlight the fundamental rights of oppressed groups of society. The occasion was launching of a hand book/training manual on human rights, for journalists, by “The Network for Consumers Protection.”

Acting British High Commissioner Mark Sedwill was the chief guest and a large number of print and electronic media men and representatives of human rights organisations attended the ceremony.

Addressing the gathering, Mark Sedwill, said that journalists were important member of society and have a significant role in creating awareness and bringing changes in any society.

He said that journalists should use their profession in bringing positive changes and creating awareness among masses about their basic rights.

He said that in most of the developing countries like Pakistan, a large part of its population was living in rural areas where human rights have not been determined and were being violated. “It is the journalists who can highlight and address these issues,” he added.

He asked journalists to develop professionalism in the field and said that British High Commission would support training and other programmes for journalists.

Participating in the discussion most of the journalists said that they were doing their best to give coverage to social issues particularly related to the fundamental human rights.

One of the journalists said that the violations of human rights are too many to cover but because of their limited resources, they are unable to give coverage to all.

Source: Business Recorder