Khanbela (Rural Pakistan): RMNP and DCMF organized a two-day safety for journalists training workshop in this feudal-dominated area on June 1-2, 2013, a last of the series of twelve training workshops that were held in different parts of the rural areas of Pakistan.
Apart from this safety training programme, two sessions focused on basic journalism training. At the workshop, Rural Media Network Pakistan distributed training manuals among the 20 journalists. The manuals were jointly funded by the CJA and Daily Nawa-e-Ahmedpur Sharqia .
The session was the first training workshop to be held at the doorstep of district correspondents of Khanbela Town.
RMNP President and CJA member Ehsan Ahmed Sehar and Professor Shehzad Ahmed Khan were resource persons for the workshop, along with Deputy Director Information Government Punjab Nasir Hameed, District Information Officer Bahawalpur Nauman Masood Khan, Ijaz Ahmed and Dr. Nazir Ahmed Siddiqui.
One participant, senior correspondent Raza Gillani, related how he broke the news of the arrest of Aimal Kansi, condemned by a US court for his alleged involvement in the killing of alleged spies with the CIA. Raza Gillani told the resource persons that Aimal Kansi had a hideout in Khanbela where he remained more than five years, using the alias Ismaeel Khan. He further disclosed that Aimal Kansi had written five letters to him from the US jail before his execution.
In their evaluation forms participants lauded the efforts of Commonwealth Journalists Association and RMNP for the provision of basic journalism training manual, which will be instrumental in their daily reporting business. Participants requested that the Commonwealth Journalists Association support the RMNP’s plan for three-day Basic Journalism Training Programmes in future. RMNP has announced two basic journalism training sessions for women after the holy month of Ramadan, where CJA training manuals will also be given to all participants.