BAHAWALPUR: The journalists of Bahawalpur has said that due to disharmony among their ranks, the journalists in the country, particularly those belonging to Bahawalpur, are facing problems.
“The journalists are also under pressure due to their distribution in different groups. Some consensus points at country level can provide benefit to journalists of this area,” they said at a three-day Journalism Skills Workshop organized by the Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with the International Media Support and the Denmark Embassy Islamabad in Bahawalpur. The workshop was attended by the journalists of print and electronic media.
Journalist Rana Mehboob said: “News on important issues remain uncovered many times due to distribution of journalists in several groups at local level.”
Mohammad Akram Nasir said despite this situation, journalists belonging to several groups have participated in this workshop which has provided benefit to restore contact with each other.
Press Club Bahawalpur’s General Secretary Mohammad Irfan Joya said that the press club will make arrangements for raising awareness among journalists about media laws. He said that the books on media laws, currently available in the market, will be kept in the press club so that journalists can benefit from them. He said that journalists have to face legal actions many times due to lack of knowledge about basic media laws.
It may be not possible to stop grouping in journalists, but it is mandatory to have consensus on some basic issues including independence of media, they further said.
The journalists at the workshop were of the view that the journalists’ work turns innovative owing to technical training. “However, work does not stop in the organization due some technical slackness.” The journalists need to be aware of some new changes coming in the journalism filed.
Senior journalist Qazi Asif provided training at the workshop, while Naseem Shaikh and Junaid Nazir performed duty as organizer and coordinator respectively.