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Daily Balochistan Express: Journalists to improve state of reporting

QUETTA: Media needs to become part of the development agenda in Pakistan, to ensure transparency and accountability for quality service delivery to the citizens.

QUETTAMedia needs to become part of the development agenda in Pakistan, to ensure transparency and accountability for quality service delivery to the citizens.

This was concluded at the session on Smart Policy Making on Eliminating Hidden Hunger, today at the Quetta Press Club.

The session was attended by senior journalists, field reporters, media and development professionals, representatives of civil society and academia.

Mishal Pakistan, the Country Partner Institute of the Global Competitiveness and Benchmarking Network of the World Economic Forum with support from the Australian High Commission, Islamabad held a special session for the journalists working on health public policy. The session was designed in collaboration with the Quetta Press Club to encourage journalists and media professionals to understand the concept of smart policy making on eliminating hidden hunger and nutrition awareness.

Saleem Shahid, Senior Bureau Chief Dawn while presenting his views in the session said “The malnutrition issue exists. Our journalists really need such workshops to understand and know how to do it. We need to engage the journalists as well as the editors to motivate them to talk about the health issues. Today, instead of views and opinion fact based reporting should be done to fill the required knowledge gap in the public and political spheres.”

The data from Mishal’s research shows that the total number of households below the nutritious diet thresholds in Punjab are 65.5%, while the numbers for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are 67.4%, Sindh 70.8%, and 83.4% for Balochistan.

Member of the Quetta Press Club Governing Body and Bureau Chief Dawn, Syed Ali Shah, said through this initiative, media will be empowered to generate knowledge based reporting on health issues which will result in to awareness among public spheres while holding responsible policy makers accountable. The Quetta Press Club will be at the forefront of this initiative by ensuring Pakistan’s commitment to achieve the Sustainable Development Goal 2 – Eliminating Hunger. “However, it is not possible without utilizing available data and commitment to professionalism”, he further added.(PR)

Source: http://www.bexpress.com.pk/2017/07/httpwp-mep5f0gk-8tn/

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