Lahore: A three-day training cum consultative session on “How to Promote Peace through Constructive Journalism” was organized by Media Foundation 360 in Lahore on September 5, 2019 through September 7, 2019. There were 29 participants in total who belonged to Multan and had been selected for the training after a long-drawn and competitive selection process. A Media Foundation 360 team had visited different press clubs and media houses in Multan district to interview and shortlist the candidates who had showed willingness to join this training.
This was the first of the two such trainings planned by Media Foundation 360 for 50 working journalists and bloggers hailing from Multan. These 29 trainees were represented by journalists working for different national and local TV channels, newspapers, radio channels, news websites and micro-blogging platforms. The target group was also represented by females which was quite encouraging.
It was heartening to note that these journalists had a good understanding of the concept of promoting peace through constructive and responsible journalism. They were also clear that journalists shall never become a tool to spread hatred in the society and must observe restraint when and where it is necessary.
The lead trainers of the programme were Mubasher Bukhari, President, Media Foundation 360 and Reuters Correspondent in Punjab, Shehryar Waraich, a senior journalist and CVE expert, and Shahzada Irfan Ahmed, a senior journalist and CVE expert with specialization in media laws.
The trainers engaged the participants in an interactive conversation on different areas covered during the course of the training. To name a few, these were Peace Journalism, Contours of Violent Extremism, Media as Human Rights Defender, Ethics of Journalism, Impact of Irresponsible Journalism, Media Laws and Different Codes of Ethics framed for journalists from time to time.
The participants produced excellent group work and developed story ideas around the concept of peace journalism on which they will work during the next couple of months. These stories will be published, aired, broadcast and uploaded by the respective organizations or platforms they represent.
Normally, the concluding sessions of multi-day events like this are not much action-packed but here it was a totally different experience and for an obvious reason. Veteran journalist and celebrity host Suhail Waraich had graced the occasion as chief guest. He delivered an impressive speech, took questions from the excited participants and distributed training completion certificates among them.