islamabad - The British High Commission supported higher standards of reporting in the Pakistani media, a statement issued here by the High Commission said on Friday.

The statement said higher standards are being promoted through a series of workshops organised in Karachi, Islamabad and Lahore by the British High Commission in partnership with Mishal Pakistan.

“These workshops aim to create a master class of journalists who will promote media ethics and responsible journalism amongst their peers,” it said. More than 80 entry- and mid-level journalists from all over Pakistan attended the workshops. They covered media ethics, reporting accuracy and the safety of journalists.

Participants also discussed the experience of international journalism as a way of improving their own standards. The trainers included highly experienced journalists who have worked for the BBC and a Pakistani media group.

Speaking about the training, Samuel Heath, Head of Communications at the British High Commission, said: “Pakistan has a thriving media landscape, and news consumption is much higher here than in many other countries. This puts increased responsibility on the media to report facts accurately, ethically and responsibly. Safety is also extremely important in Pakistan where being a journalist is often a dangerous profession.”

He added: “This training is part of our wider work to support Pakistani journalists. Through our flagship Chevening Scholarships programme, and the South Asia Journalism programme, we send several experienced Pakistani journalists to the UK every year.”

 This training followed a special training session in Islamabad for female journalists from across the country, organised in conjunction with the United Nations Information Centre.