AHMEDPUR EAST-To equip journalists with skills required to cope with perils involved in reporting from hostile environment, Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) has initiated a training programme for media persons of the rural and semi rural areas of South Punjab in collaboration with Doha Centre for Media Freedom (DCMF).

These trainings will focus upon print and radio journalists and will enable them to report on conflict constructively and in a manner which does not jeopardize their own well-being.

First two-day session of the training programme began in Dera Nawab Sahab here on Saturday. A panel of trainers headed by Khalid Saeed former Research Coordinator Asia-Pacific Research Institute Tokyo University Japan and Professor Shehzas Ahmed Khan is conducting the training along with two resource persons. Highlighting the background of the trainings, President RMNP Ehsan Ahmed Sehar said that reporting on conflicts requires courage and dedication. "We are making sure that those who choose such a daring job also have the assurance of their safety," he said.

He further said that these trainings will endow the journalists working in South Punjab with necessary survival mechanisms to continue their work unhindered. He expressed his hope that this initiative will certainly improve overall condition of media personnel in these areas