Scholars and journalists highlight strengthening freedom of expression in Pakistan


Lahore: The training workshop on “Journalism for Peace, Counter Violent Extremism among Youth, and International Reporting” continued for second day at the Forman Christian College (A Chartered University). Different scholars and journalists conducted sessions on the theme of “legal structure for free expression: theory and practice.”

On the second day of the workshop, Dr. Christopher from Galloway Massey University, New Zealand spoke about conflict & misinformation. Dr. Elisabeth Eide, Professor of journalism studies at OsloMet discussed climate crisis and authoritarianism in her session. Punjab Chief Information Commissioner Mr. Mehboob Qadir Shah informed the participants about Right to information in his session. Mr. Ikram Barkat, Regional General Manager, PEMRA Lahore spoke about the role of PEMRA and freedom of expression as defined in the Pakistani Constitution.

The scholarly perspective on the theme was given by Dr. Nasir Jamal Khattak from University of Peshawar and Dr. Altaf Ullah Khan from FCCU. In his talk, Dr Nasir Jamal Khattak discussed the prospects & perils for journalism through the lens of peace, freedom and truth. Dr. Altaf Ullah Khan emphasized on the need to empower youth through critical spaces. Journalists’ perspective was given by two broadcast journalists, Mr. Ahmed Waleed and Mr. Awais Hameed. Mr. Ahmed Waleed talked about the challenges and responsibilities of practicing journalism under controlled regimes while Mr. Awais Hameed discussed how media is utilized by stake holders and power centers to influence public opinion.

Journalists, faculty members from media departments of different universities, and students from FCCU attended the workshop. The three-day workshop will run from Nov 9-11.

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