A 2-day-long workshop entitled “Media and Peace Building” for the journalists of Gilgit-Baltistan ended in Gilgit today. The workshop was organized by Mountain Youth Resource and Social Welfare Organization (MYRO), Mountain TV and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED).
Journalists from the electronic, print and social media participated in the session in a large number. Students of the Media and Communication Science Department of the Karakoram International University also attended the workshop.
The two days workshop was basically organized to promote citizen journalism and to discuss the role of media in peace building process. Media experts from the seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan, chief editors and reporters from the local newspapers, reporters of the national TV channels and students of the Mass Communication department of the Karakoram International University evaluated the role and responsibilities of media in promoting peace in Gilgit-Baltistan.
The activities in both days included lectures and presentations from the trainers, screening films and documentaries regarding human rights, democracy, and peace; group work and presentation by the participants and open discussion on topics like Human Rights Declaration, Religious Harmony, Citizen Journalism, and the Role of Media in Peace building process.
Another significant activity of the second day was the official launching ceremony of Mountain TV, the first web TV of Gilgit-Baltistan. Mountain TV is a project of Mountain Youth Resource and Social Welfare Organization. The web TV intends to promote Gilgit-Baltistan from the perspective of culture and tourism besides digitizing research works, promoting citizen journalism, strengthening human rights and democracy, and providing a platform for the needs and issues of the seven districts of Gilgit-Baltistan.
Mr. Hafiz-Ur-Rehman, President Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (GB), was chief guest at the launching ceremony of Mountain TV. Other senior media personals, such as station director Radio Pakistan Gilgit, owner and Managing Director FM 93 Mr. Sadat Ali Mujahid, and many others were present at the official launching ceremony of Mountain TV.
“Mountain TV is a great initiative taken by the young people of Gilgit-Baltistan to bridge the gap between the mainstream media and common people of the region,” said Mr. Hafeez. “I have lofty hopes that the website, coupled with social media, will play a greater role in informing the world about the happenings in Gilgit-Baltistan.”
The guests distributed certificates among the workshop participants and appreciated and encouraged the initiatives of Mountain TV and emphasized that the journalists must play vital role in promoting harmony and providing public awareness about sectarian conflicts in Gilgit-Baltistan.