Media-men sensitized on psychological impacts of sensationalism

Staff Reporter

Rawalpindi

In order to sensitize media-men on psychological impacts, cast on the viewers for running sensational news by the television channels, a workshop was organized here on Thursday. The workshop was held as sequel to the two-day Surgeon General International Conference-2017 under the aegis of Army Medical Corps.
“Psychological Impacts of Media on Society and Emotional Well-being of Young People,” was the topic of the workshop that was attended by reporters, covering Defence beat, representing electronic as well as print media.
During the deliberations a consensus was found on the matter that media should abstain from unnecessary projection of such events which fall in the category of “sensationalism or terrorism” with special regard to their live projection and keep repeating their recordings.
The need was highlighted to organize a national level moot to deliberate upon the pros and cons of the matter.
Speaking on the occasion Surgeon General Lt. General Asif Mumtaz Sukhera appreciated the role of national media in war against terror. He said no one can deny the importance and important role of media, played in building a healthy society.
Referring to the Army Public School incident, he said that the resolve of the entire nation came to the fore whereby outrightly rejecting terrorism and it was the media which played positive role by highlighting the sentiments of the masses against this scourge.
Dr Muhammad Gull, a native Pakistan settled in the UK, on the accession said that the projection of content carrying sensationalism by media cast inverse impacts on human minds with special regard to the youth and children. He said he volunteered to get himself engaged in the study on the subject back in 2014, during which he came across the fact that if hundreds of people are killed in terror related issues but thousands of people die of starvation and hunger every year.
Therefore, he advocated that there was the need of the hour for diverting focus towards that fact which had been causing more fatalities than anything else. The workshop concluded with a comprehensive question and answer session.

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