May 27, 2017
SWAT - Pakistan-US Alumni Network KP & Fata Chapter organized a training session for local journalists and students of journalism on media ethics and freedom of expression in Mingora, Swat.
According to a media release, working journalists associated with different organizations and University of Swat Journalism Department students took part.
On this occasion, a brief lecture on media ethics and freedom of expression was delivered. It focused on how to balance a news story, what are the factors to be considered before filing a story and a journalist’s responsibilities.
Deputy Inspector General of Police (DIG) Malakand Akhtar Hayat Khan was the chief guest. Khalid Khan, Chairman Journalism Department of the University of Swat and former Assistant Professor Rafiullah Khan also participated in the session.
Rafiullah Khan said that due to the competition of breaking news most media outlets didn't confirm the news before airing it and this was creating problems.
Journalist Haroon Siraj, a PUAN KP Chapter alumni, said that there were still a lot of journalists in the field who needed to be trained as they had no idea about media ethics and laws. “We should share our knowledge with them and conduct training sessions for them to improve their working standards.”
DIG Akhtar Hayat appreciated the efforts of PUAN KP Chapter for organizing the session. Later, he distributed certificates among the participants.
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