Lahore : International Journalism Conference 2017 has been kicked off today at local hotel. Information Department Punjab government, Foundation for Promotion of Academic collaboration (FPAC) and German Press Foundation (DPV) were joint partners of the event.
Spokesman Punjab Government Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan while representing Chief Minister Punjab inaugurated the opening session. Theme of the conference was: Media and Society, Future and Beyond. Senior journalists from Germany, Afghanistan, Iran, Spain, India, USA, Malta and Denmark participated as delegations.
On the eve of opening session the chief guest has read message from Chief Minister Muhammad Shahbaz Sharif who welcomed the participants and delegations of the conference and emphasized Universities of Pakistan to learn experience and vies shared by acclaimed foreign journalists. “Media from Pakistan and abroad will sought after solution of problems faced by Pakistan and other countries as well” he hoped.
In his key address spokesman Punjab Government Malik Muhammad Ahmad Khan applauded bravery of Pakistani journalists who even take risk of life while covering incidents of terrorism.
He pointed out that number of terrorism has been significantly decreased by initiatives taken by the government, the nation will never bow down before terrorism, reiterated the spokesman. While commending the role of electronic media in particular he said that by adopting principle of balance reporting and impartiality they can make public opinion in even better manner.
Malik Muhammad Ahmed Khan assured the journalist community that “we are with you”.
President German Press Foundation Christian Zarm, Director International Mrdia, DPV Shams ul Haq, Hanns.H. Mielke (Malta), Axel Rahmlow (USA), Klaus J. Stanek Nierenz and Karl-Heinz Roghofer (Germany), Grit Buttner Berthold (Denmark), Bahadury Ainuddin (Afghanistan), Faimah Shokri (Iran), senior professor of Journalism Dr. Mughees uddin Sheikh, Dr. Anjum Niaz and president of the conference Aamir Rafique also addressed the opening session.
Panel discussions were also part of the international conference.