British High Commission organizes seminars on journalism
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."