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The British High Commission supports improved standards of Pakistani journalism

British High Commission organised a series of workshops in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore in partnership with Mishal Pakistan to promote the higher standards of reporting in Pakistani media.

Andrew Cuff, Press Attache' of British High Commission and Participants of workshop

These workshops aim to create a master class of journalists who will promote media ethics and responsible journalism amongst their peers.

More than 80 entry- and mid-level journalists from all over Pakistan attended the workshops. They covered media ethics, reporting accuracy and the safety of journalists. Participants also discussed the experience of international journalism as a way of improving their own standards. The trainers included highly experienced journalists who have worked for the BBC and Dawn Media Group.

Speaking about the training, Samuel Heath, Head of Communications at the British High Commission, said:

Pakistan has a thriving media landscape, and news consumption is much higher here than in many other countries. This puts increased responsibility on the media to report facts accurately, ethically and responsibly. Safety is also extremely important in Pakistan where being a journalist is often a dangerous profession.

This training is part of our wider work to support Pakistani journalists. Through our flagship Chevening Scholarships programme, and the South Asia Journalism programme, we send several experienced Pakistani journalists to the UK every year.

This training followed a special training session in Islamabad for female journalists from across the country, organised in conjunction with the United Nations Information Centre.

Press Attaché
British High Commission
Tel. 051 201 2000

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Trainers’ Profiles:

  • David Hayward @David_hbm David Hayward is a journalist, writer and digital media consultant. He is the founder of Hayward Black Media and works with news organizations and governments in the UK and internationally. His last position at the BBC was head of the BBC Journalism Programme.

  • Mubashir Zaidi @Xadeejournalist Mubashir Zaidi is a veteran Journalist and an Editor of the Dawn Media Group. Zaidi is a highly committed, self-motivated award winning journalist, news manager and TV show host and journalism trainer with a broad range of national and international media experience.

  • Amir Jahangir @amirjahangir A strategic communication and media professional, Jahangir has been Honoured as the Young Global Leader 2010 by the World Economic Forum for his work on initiatives to improve the state of media and its co-relation with innovation and development issues on media ethics.

  • Farzana Yaqoob @farzanaY1947 Farzana Yaqoob is Founder and President of the Asia Institute of Public Policy. She is also an Eisenhower Fellow. She has served as the Minister for Women Development and Social Welfare within the Government of Pakistan Administered Kashmir. Her areas of expertise are conflict and gender empowerment.

Published 14 March 2017