Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion or­ga­nizes sem­i­nars on jour­nal­ism

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ISLAMABAD: The Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion Thurs­day or­gan­ised a sem­i­nar on the prospects of "Jour­nal­ism in 2015 and beyond", which in­vited me­dia stu­dents from var­i­ous uni­ver­si­ties across Islamabad

to air their views on the sub­ject.

The alumni of the Chevening South Asia Jour­nal­ism Pro­gramme and a range of high pro­file jour­nal­ists from Pak­istan's leading me­dia out­lets

were also in­vited to speak on the oc­ca­sion. To­day's event was part of a se­ries of such sem­i­nars or­ga­nized by it, said a state­ment of the high com­mis­sion here.

The key­note speak­ers in­cluded Jean Seaton, the BBC's Of­fi­cial His­to­rian and also a Pro­fes­sor of Jour­nal­ism at the Univer­sity of West­min­ster in Lon­don; Shehryar Khan, the Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional

Press Club of Islamabad; and se­nior me­dia fig­ures, Azhar Ab­bas and Muham­mad Zi­aud­din.

Ad­dress­ing the par­tic­i­pants, the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sioner to Pak­istan,Philip Bar­ton CMG OBE said: "To­day the Bri­tish High Com­mis­sion is host­ing a se­ries of work­shops and sem­i­nars with se­nior serv­ing jour­nal­ists, alumni of the Chevening South Asia Jour­nal­ism Pro­gramme and as­pir­ing fu­ture jour­nal­ists. The in­ter­ac­tive events have fo­cused on the chal­lenges fac­ing jour­nal­ists in Pak­istan, but also the op­por­tu­ni­ties avail­able to the pro­fes­sion in 2015 and beyond."

"I con­tinue to be struck by the vi­brancy and va­ri­ety of the me­dia in Pak­istan, which is proof of how far the in­dus­try has come since 2008's dereg­u­la­tory re­forms."

He said Jour­nal­ists and their abil­ity to "op­er­ate freely, with­out in­tim­i­da­tion and vi­o­lence, are fun­da­men­tal to a strong democ­racy."

"But it is also hard to es­cape the fact that 2014 has been a par­tic­u­larly dif­fi­cult year for jour­nal­ism in Pak­istan.

"Pak­istan's young and as­pir­ing jour­nal­ists are the torch­bear­ers of to­mor­row's free and re­spon­si­ble me­dia. I hope to­day's work­shops will play a pos­i­tive role in pro­mot­ing and sus­tain­ing jour­nal­ism in Pak­istan and en­cour­age serv­ing jour­nal­ists in the work they do."

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