Stakeholder Session to Set up Media Progress Priorities Organized On World Press Freedom Day
Islamabad – The session was organized in collaboration with European Union Delegation to Pakistan, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Embassy of Sweden in Pakistan, Extreme Price of Canada in Pakistan, and Friedrich Naumann Foundation. Higher than 50 people from civil society, authorities firms, parliamentarians, digital media professionals, academia, worldwide organizations, and missions participated.
Beneath this 12 months’s worldwide theme of World Press Freedom Day “Shaping a Approach ahead for Rights” – Freedom of expression as a driver for all completely different human rights numerous group of consultants focused on determining priorities for media development. It is a adjust to up of newest evaluation that befell in Pakistan primarily based totally on UNESCO’s worldwide software program Media Progress Indicators developed to guage media panorama in worldwide areas. Via the event, media as a primary correct, the significance of its freedom and media ethics, sustainability, and financial viability and themes akin to disinformation, hate speech on-line notably in relation to election reporting have been moreover talked about intimately.
The inaugural panel dialogue highlighted the importance of safeguarding press freedom and promoting media selection. UNESCO Director and Guide, Youssef Filali – Meknassi highlighted UNESCO’s very important place in major the discuss to guarantee that media freedom stays intact no matter rising challenges akin to disinformation or hate speech. Ms. Leslie Scanlon, Extreme Commissioner reaffirmed Canada’s unwavering assist for media freedom globally highlighting the place of media as a cornerstone of a powerful democracy.
Via the expert panel dialogue titled “Courses realized from media development indicators and ensuring sustainability”, the people shared dedication to reinforce the media sector notably in dealing with producing revenues, countering disinformation and on-line hate speech to revive the credibility of information and prime quality of reporting. Zafar Abbas, editor DAWN and convenor of editors’ safety dialogue board highlighted the need for sustainability in media for additional neutral and accountable reporting. Mahim Maher, convenor of Pakistan Digital Editors Alliance urged to take a position additional in digital platforms to create a good info platform. Haroon Rashid, Managing Editor, Unbiased Urdu, and Jahanzaib Haque Digital Strategist DAWN proposed to make newsrooms additional economically sound and sustainable, and ensuring and sharing best practices. The session was moderated by Asad Beg, Media Points for Democracy.
Ms. Gharida Farooqi moderated the panel “Implementing Democratic Safeguards inside the Media Space”. Parliamentary Standing Committee Chair Naz Baloch acknowledged the challenges coping with the media enterprise, notably by the women journalists and the need to adapt to shortly altering utilized sciences. The panel consisted of Mr. Afzal Butt (PFUJ) who moreover highlighted the need the urgency to implement the newly enacted laws for journalists. Asad Beg, co-founder Media Points for Democracy talked reducing the layers of legislations and kind holistic insurance coverage insurance policies for future.