February 04, 2015
ISLAMABAD: Veteran journalist and columnist M. Ziauddin has urged all media organizations to start crash courses for journalists to work in war zones as almost entire country has turned into a battle field.
In his article Wednesday, “Wanted: Trained war correspondents,” in The Express Tribune he said that Pakistan has been at war for almost the last 35 years but media organizations have failed to produce even a handful of trained war reporters.
He recounted Pakistan’s involvement in Afghanistan to defeat Soviet Union and in Indian-held Kashmir to back freedom fighters but the local media organizations remain totally dependent on foreign news agencies for news.
“There was no coverage from the war theatres by correspondents of our mainstream media. Whatever coverage appeared in our major newspapers was courtesy of foreign news agencies,” he wrote.
He said the whole country has now turned into a battle field due to terrorism and terrorist attacks but there are no trained journalists to cover the violence.
“And that is perhaps why we have lost so many journalists in this war in the last 10 years or so. Pakistan, today, is known as one of most dangerous places for media practitioners,” he said.
He urged all media organizations to train their journalists on the principles of working in a war zone to better cover the terror incidents and save precious lives of journalists.