Gilgit , June 16: Speakers at a seminar titled “Role of Media in the Development of Gilgit-Baltistan”, organized by the students of the Department of Media and Communication, Karakoram International University, highlighted the critical role of regional media in the development of the GB. The seminar, held at Musharf hall KIU, was participated by a large number of senior journalists from Gilgit-Baltistan, development professionals and students besides the Vice Chancellor and other faculty members of KIU.
In her keynote speech, Dr. Najma Najam, VC KIU stressed on the regional media practitioners to avoid sensationalism and practice objectivity in journalism. She said media can play a key role in educating the society on critical issues.
Senior Journalist Saadat Ali Mujahid presented his paper on the evolution of print media in GB and its role in development. He highlighted the difficult situations during which the regional media has evolved.
Mr. Aftab Mehmood, Station Director, Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation Gilgit-Baltistan highlighted the role of Radio Pakistan in the evolution of media in GB and overall development of the region. He said Radio Pakistan is the only media outlet which is broadcasting programmes in each regional language.
Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Khan, a Citizen Journalist of Pamir Times delivered a presentation on the evolution, role and impact of new media on the development of Gilgit-Baltistan. He said the penetration of new information and communication technologies have created new avenues for citizen journalism in the isolated mountain areas. He shared the case study of Pamir Times which during a very short period of time developed a reputation of objective journalism in GB. He also highlighted the role of Pamir Times in the Attabad landslide triggered disaster. He thanked the organizers for the first time including new media as a theme in any of the media related conference in GB.
Professor Dr. Shafiq Jallandhry, Chairman Media and Communication Department KIU, shared a presentation on the trends and dimensions of Development Support Communication (DSC).
Mr. Farasat Ali, Conservation Officer, WWF-Pakistan delivered a presentation on role of media in disaster risk management.
In his concluding remarks, Mr. Sultan Ahmed, Assistant Professor Department of Media and Communication, highlighted the huge potential to supplement and complement the development efforts through the traditional and newly emerging media.