Published Date: Oct 9, 2012
MEDIA CAN PLAY VITAL ROLE IN TRANSFORMING HATE INTO TOLERANCE
Media carries immense power to transform a conflict by enabling peace through balanced, ethical and responsible reporting that promotes tolerance against hate. These views were expressed by TV anchorpersons and talk-show hosts on the first day of a consultative workshop on peace building held here on Monday.
Around 27 TV anchorpersons and talk-show hosts hailing from 25 districts of Pakistan are participating in a 2-day national consultative workshop entitled “Media for Peace” jointly organized by Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Search for Common Ground Pakistan, supported by the Danish International Development Agency (Danida).
On the workshop’s first day, a panel discussion entitled “Can Television Play a Role in Transforming Conflict and Building Peace?” saw senior TV anchorpersons holding a dialogue with participating journalists on Pakistani media’s coverage of violence and conflict.
Moderated by Dr. Moeed Pirzada, the discussion featured Absaar Alam, Arshad Sharif, and Asma Shirazi.
The panellists discussed the role television plays as a mass medium in mitigating conflicts and promoting peace. They highlighted current media practices in coverage of conflicts at international, regional and national levels, and whether media should take the responsibility of creating spaces for peace building.