THE continuing trend of people being killed in Pakistan by infuriated mobs reveals that there is some serious problem with our society and social behaviour. Lynching can neither be allowed nor justified irrespective of who does it.
DOES religion play any role in your professional growth? This was a question put before successful women professionals and leaders from different fields at an international conference. It was a tricky question. One hardly assesses the role of religion in one’s professional life. The Muslim women leaders wearing hijab were no exception.
THERE was nothing new and surprising in the recent official statements, including those made by the foreign affairs and national security adviser Sartaj Aziz, that the Islamic State (IS) poses no serious threat to Pakistan. The statements nevertheless reflect the traditional, simplistic view of internal security taken by government officials.
Social media is influencing mainstream media’s approaches on human rights reporting
While lack of proper training and education and presence of an assortment of threats and constraints for journalists working in mainstream media hinder their ability and capacity to progressively report, analyze or provide the follow-up of incidents of human rights abuses, social media has created new prospects on highlighting such incidents and creating awareness among people. These views were expressed by media practitioners and experts who participated in a one-day training workshop on “Human Rights Reporting,” jointly organized by Pak Institute for Peace Studies and the Canadian
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Progressive reporting and analysis can change skewed perceptions of a conflict
While journalists have the power to change narratives
on conflict and influence public opinion, in Pakistan
they lack the required capacity and professional
training to develop progressive approaches to analyze
and report conflicts. Besides practicing fundamental
skills of journalism such as impartiality, accuracy,
balance and ethics of investigation, journalists
reporting conflicts should also develop skills of
critical thinking and understanding of the dynamics of
conflicts as well as learn the ways to manage threats
in the field.
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