AHMEDPUR EAST - The state actors have proved more inimical to journalists in South Punjab than other secret agencies. This was the crux of three-day Basic Journalism Training Workshop organised by the Rural Media Network Pakistan in collaboration with Unesco at Alipur, Muzaffargarh district.

It was attended by 23 journalists, hailing from Khairpur Sadat, Seetpur and Sultanpur towns and City Alipur. Former Research Coordinator Tokyo University Japan Khalid Saeed and former Punjab Information Department Director Nazir Khalid were the main trainers who with the support of RMNP President Ehsan Ahmed Sehar and other resource persons conducted 12 sessions on news writing, news gathering, crime, courts and political reporting which was followed by an exercise by the participants.

Trainees journalists learnt interview techniques and they were also introduced with ethics of journalism besides the importance of reference and records. Resource persons conducted two sessions on the freedom of expression and press freedom related issues.

Participants were trained to design action alerts while five members press freedom monitoring committee headed by senior journalist Mohammad Shafi was constituted. President Tehsil Press Club Syed Hidayat Ali Rizvi, General Secretary Mian Bashir Ahmed, Coordinator RMNP training Workshop Ghyur Ahsan Sherwani, and journalists Shamshad Ali Qureshi, Syed Shakar Kazmi, Mohammad Shafi, Mohammad Iqbal Lashari and others stated that they were facing threats from influential feudal lords, politicians, government functionaries and extremists while we had never been threatened by intelligence agencies so far.

They alleged that several journalists in the area were implicated in false cases who attempted to expose the misdeeds of government functionaries. Similarly, feudal class was also the main hurdle in their facts based reporting. They urged RMNP and UNESCO to continue such usful activities in the Seraiki ballet and termed it very fruitful for them.

RMNP President Ehsan Ahmed Sehar presented the RMNP training manuals to Abdul Ghafoor Malik for his educational institution.