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CVE Media Product Development Workshop for Media Studies Students begins in Islamabad

Islamabad, January 21, 2019 (PPI-OT):A six-day capacity building workshop regarding CVE Media Product Development for the students of media studies and PTV journalists, started here today at Pakistan Television Training Academy, Islamabad. This workshop has been organized by Pakistan Peace Collective (PPC), a research and communication project of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MoI and B) which aims to provide refined professional media product development skills with a deeper understanding of the role of media in countering violent extremism. The students of Media Studies departments from 16 Universities of Pakistan and four correspondents of PTV News and Current Affairs are attending the training workshop.

Mr. Arshad Khan, Managing Director Pakistan Television Corporation (PTVC) inaugurated the weeklong workshop titled “Students/PTV-Journalists” Training on CVE Media Product Development”. While addressing the participants the MD PTV said that PTV being the public sector media organization had a bigger responsibility to play to demonize the extremist mindset through its varied content. He appreciated the effort of PPC that in his opinion had brought the vital issue to the fore. Mr. Shabbir Anwar, CEO, PPC welcomed the participants on behalf of the Ministry.

He mentioned that PPC specializes in developing the Government of Pakistan’s communication response in Countering Violent Extremism (CVE) and explained the significance of the training for the participants in covering issues relating to violent extremism as practitioners. The training he said is particularly focusing on the importance of strategic communications, which includes script writing, production and practical exercises to develop CVE media products.

Two MoUs (Memorandum of Understandings) were signed between PPC and PTVC for uplifting the mutual cooperation in the field of capacity building, research, communication and bridging gap among media and academia. PTV has also agreed as Exclusive Media Partner for the upcoming International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC), which will be held from February 26th to 27th 2019. Mr. Khursheed Nadeem Senior Journalist, Dr. Mowadat Rana Chief Editor, Journal of Pakistan Psychiatric Society, Mr. Mubashir Akram Executive Director CESD, Mr. Usman Zafar Manager Research PPC delivered lectures to the participants regarding the role of media in recognizing the trends leading towards violent extremism in Pakistan as well as its social and psychological impact.

They also apprised the participants on means to help develop the skills for critical thinking and analysis. Through this highly interactive and practical workshop, more than thirty students of media studies from a range of universities would not only get an opportunity to learn about the effectiveness of the techniques and strategies to make media products on the subject of Counter Violent Extremism but would also be able to share and reflect the same during their professional discourse. The participants attending the training workshop belong to various universities from all over the Pakistan, including Quetta, Karachi, Gilgit-Baltistan, Swat, Sargodha, Bahawalpur, Lahore, Malakand, Peshawar and Islamabad.

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