The Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ) – Institute of Business Administration (IBA), in collaboration with the Razia Bhatti Memorial Initiative Committee inaugurated the Razia Bhatti seminar room.
The lecture hall, located at the CEJ, Aman tower, IBA city campus, has been dedicated to the memory of Razia Bhatti, a veteran journalist who founded the Newsline magazine in 1989, after years of working at the Herald monthly magazine.
The Director of IBA-CEJ, Kamal Siddiqi, in his opening remarks, recalled a time when he had worked with Razia Bhatti. He commented about his experience, saying, “Razia was a beacon for all of us. She worked with full dedication. I never saw her excited or scared when covering a story.” He added that the work Razia and Newsline magazine have done over the years will never fade away.
Siddiqi thanked Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Executive Director IBA, Dr. Huma Baqai, Associate Dean, IBA Board of Governors, Ms Malahat Awan, Head of Alumni Relations, Graduate Placement, Resource Mobilization & External Relations, Aman Foundation’s Ahmed Jalal and Umber Khairi and members of the Razia Bhatti Memorial Initiative Committee, who initiated the idea for dedicating a room for Bhatti.
Dr. Baqai lauded Razia Bhatti for the work she did at a time when the media was going through an era of suppression.
“Mass communication is extremely important but you need to keep the true spirit of journalism alive and this is what the Centre for Excellence in Journalism is doing and this was what Razia was all about. I’m happy that IBA has dedicated this room to Razia. She fought back in a country that is not nice to women or journalists.