Media advocates stress peace reporting

By: The Kabul Times

KABUL: A meeting was held yesterday in Kabul to discuss peace reporting through media. Inaugurating the event, Farida Nikzad, Head of the Center for Protection of Afghan Women Journalist said that media needed to focus peace reporting, since the country has been suffering from war for almost 40 years. “Media needed to avoid pre-judgement on Peace and war and try to focus on peace and unity in the country,” she said, adding that print media’s editorials and articles also needed to be on peace, letting the war-suffered Afghan people to be hopeful for a bright future of their country.
“Recent decisions in violence reduction has brought hope among the people,” she stressed, asking media to join hands for bringing about positive changes in the society through Peace reporting.  Representing the Afghanistan national journalist’s union, Panah said first meeting on Peace reporting held in Herat, adding that if media decide on Peace reporting that would help bring change in literature of war and peace in the country.
Meanwhile, addressing the event, Editor-in-chief of The Kabul Times daily, Hamidullah Arefi, called holding of such meetings key to delivering positive news in the country, asking organizers and media representatives to do more for holding of such meetings and changing the nature of current war reporting in media to that of the peace one. “We are required to reflect the new image of Afghanistan which is a developed and civilized country with rich history and culture,” he added.
A number of Media representatives too emphasized on peace reporting and vowed to do more to increase positives news through their media outlets.

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