Police, Media Sath, Sath

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Staff Reporter

Peshawar

Police Media Sath Sath’, an initiative focused on improvement of relations between police and media, has kicked off with its first webinar at Peshawar the other day.
Diverse representatives from police, media, and academia participated in the Webinar that was first from the series of 12 discussions also planned in Islamabad, Karachi, and Lahore. These webinars are extension of the program “Police Awam Sath Sath” that has revolved around advocacy for police reforms and how barrier between masses and police can be removed for a better social structure.
The discussion became vibrant and illuminating when different participants interacted on a single platform. Representatives from police praised the achievements of KP Police in transforming many orthodox cultures regarding policing and also mentioned the need of raise in police budget.
Dr. Pervaiz, a journalism professor from Kohat, emphasized on need of training of journalists from a young age so they can learn the relevant ethics. Various representatives from media discussed their reservations and observations. Media representatives appreciated the inclusion of women in KP police considering the relatively conservative culture of the province. In addition, International best practices regarding police, adoption of modern investigative tools, legal structure of police, media limitations in reporting were some of important issues thoroughly discussed at the event.
To encourage young journalists, a story competition regarding police advocacy and role of media was also launched in the Webinar. ‘Police Media Sath Sath’ is working on the sole purpose of making meaningful alliances between different stakeholders that can help improving policing structure in Pakistan.

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