Responsible journalism vital for nation-building, says governor


LAHORE: Responsible journalism plays a pivotal role in nation-building whereas a journalist puts his life on the line by endeavouring to bring truth to the people, Punjab Governor Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar said while presiding over a certificate distribution ceremony of Media Advocacy Centre (MAC) among students of the Punjab University (PU) Institute of Communication Studies (ICS) at the Governor’s House on Friday.
PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran, ICS Director Dr Noshina Saleem, MAC President Ishfaq Gondal, MAC Chairman Sikander Lodhi and ICS teachers and students were also present.
The governor said that the significance of the media could not be denied as it had played a vital role in stabilising social set-up and bringing the truth to the people. The governor said that the media’s task was not an easy job and required making sacrifices and demonstrating courage. He said that in the developing world, people were not habitual of listening to criticism, whereas in a strong democracy, people learn from criticism and improve themselves. He stressed need of responsible journalism for ensuring proper functioning of society and said that the media plays its role in influencing public opinion as well as painting the country’s good image in the world.
The governor lauded the efforts of MAC for organising such initiatives, which provide professional training to aspiring journalists and congratulated the graduates for successfully completing training workshop.
PU Vice Chancellor Dr Mujahid Kamran said that the MAC initiative was much needed for students of journalism. He said that media advocacy was the need of the hour and that this workshop would prove be very helpful to the ICS students. He said that the media’s importance had increased in recent years and that grooming aspiring and professional journalists would improve the quality of journalism in Pakistan. He stressed the importance of careful reporting and said that there was no room for mistakes when it came to professional journalism.
MAC Chairman Sikandar Hameed Lodhi presented brief overview of the centre, its objectives and functioning.
MAC President Ishfaq Gondal said that the media was the most important pillar of the state and its importance could not be undermined. In the end, governor distributed certificates among 70 ICS students besides giving shields to the ICS faculty.

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