Published Date: Nov 29, 2013
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Nov 28 (APP): Federal Minister for Planning and Development, Prof. Ahsan
Iqbal Thursday said the alternative media tools should be used for
promoting progressive national agenda instead of using it for spreading
negative ideas among the people. He was addressing the concluding
session of a two-day International Conference on ‘Alternative Media in
Pakistan-Opportunities and Challenges’ organized by Heinrich Boell
Stiftung (HBS) and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI)
here. Ahsan Iqbal said the age of internet has brought about a change
in the world of media. He said the media is now transforming from
conventional media to
interactive and dynamic media which has made common citizens more
powerful as they can give their own point of views instantly without any
He said the alternative media should play its role in engaging the citizens in development issues like education, health etc.
The Minister said the government is committed to build electronic media platform.
this regard, he said the government is working hard to carry out 3-G
technology licensing as early as possible which will help more than 70
percent people of the country who have access to cellular mobile phones
to participate in the alternative social media with more effective way.
Iqbal also called upon the civil society to play its role of regulators
on the conventional electronic and print media and force them to
highlight positive news more often than the negative news.
the speakers in their presentations recommended that the social media
and social networking forums are effective means through which we can
try to correct the faulty conspiracy theorist mindset of people who
believe the West and all international monetary organizations are out to
destroy our country Pakistan.
Hoodbhoy, an analyst described how he uses simple tools to record at
least two documentaries, videos per week containing positive messages
and enlightening information
for the public The
government and other public and private institutions should facilitate,
encourage, and provide trainings to educationists and members of the
academia in how to record simple homemade videos, documentaries
containing positive messages that dispel negative notions of conspiracy
theories, paranoia and delusion, and how to effectively upload them on
social networking forums like Facebook and Twitter with an aim to
achieve widespread reach and accessibility", he added.
government should take steps to eliminate censorship and it should
promote freedom of expression and open up alternative avenues of
positive and constructive argument and debate on the Internet.