In collaboration with UNESCO, these sessions focus on skills in print and radio journalism to ensure more effective coverage on sensitive issues. The objective is to ensure completeness and constructiveness without jeopardizing their own well-being, Muhammad Sajjad, RMP’s assistant coordinator said.
In a variety of sessions in several regions, participants will be briefed on sensitive local social issues and how the various voices there need to be incorporated in reports. The first of the three workshops started late last month and others are continuing this month.
Highlighting the background of the training, RMNP president Ehsan Ahmed Khan Sehar said that reporting on conflict requires courage and dedication. “We are making sure that those who choose such a daring job also have the assurance of their safety,” he said.
Since January 2011, RMNP has organized 19 training sessions in different districts of South Punjab, and they have drawn in more than 400 journalists. Sehar said that Pakistan has a long history of conflicts, and hostile environments still exist in parts of South Punjab.
The team of trainers and resource persons is headed by Khalid Seed, former research coordinator at Tokyo University.
— Source: RMNP
Photo credit: The U.S. Army / cc