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Denmark supports training to Pakistani Radio Broadcasters for Advanced Knowledge on Peace-building

Islamabad, January 07, 2013 (PPI-OT): Today 26 broadcasters from private FM and Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) radio stations in 25 districts of the country, including FATA, AJK and Gilgit-Baltistan, took part in a workshop, which aimed to enhance participants’ skills on ‘Common Ground Approaches’ in radio programming and production.

Federal Minister for Information and Broadcasting, Mr. Qamar Zaman Kaira and the Danish Ambassador to Pakistan participated as honorable guests.

Speaking at the ocasion, Minister Kaira said that “Pakistan draws inspiration from committed radio journalists who are exploring ways to produce talk-shows that are solution-oriented, aimed at reducing stereotypes, and propose constructive solutions to complex issues at community level.

He appreciated the support of the Danish Government for the Pakistan Peace Initiative. Minister Kaira further stated that ”All over Pakistan, radio stations and broadcasters have been playing the role of an ally of the people and the Democratic Government of Pakistan in our national struggle against forces of anarchy and extremism, so the promotion of dialogue and peacebuilding by Pakistan’s key stakeholders such as the media is indeed in the need of the hour.”

Ambassador Moesby said that the media held several roles but one of the most important one was the role of peace promoter and bridge builder. Mr. Moesby shared that media can promote positive relationships between groups, particularly in conflicts over national, ethnic, religious identity and lessen polarization between groups by showing the other in a similar light to self, depicting people with the same types of problems, sharing similar interests and positions and condemning violence.

Concluding his speech, Ambassador Moesby saud that “When we talk about peace, we usually define it as the ‘absence of violence’, but in my opinion it is much more than that. Positive peace is characterized by social harmony, respect for the rule of law and human rights, and social and economic development.

It is supported by political institutions that are able to manage change and resolve disputes without resorting to violent conflict. Peace requires dealing with the devastating effects of violent conflict, to enable communities to recover and reconcile, and prevent today’s effects from becoming tomorrow’s causes”.

The workshop was held as part of SFCG|Pakistan’s national-level “Pakistan Peace Initiative” project supported by DANIDA, that is engaging all spectrums of Pakistani media, youth, government officials and community leaders to foster greater collaboration towards constructive dialogue, increased understanding of local tensions, and issues of key importance, thereby fostering increased moderation and tolerance across the country.

For more information, contact:
Mrs. Esther Lonstrup,
Development Counsellor
Embassy of Denmark
House #16, Street 21, F-6/2,
P.O. Box 1118, Islamabad,
Pakistan
Tel: +9251 209 9800
Fax: +9251 282 3483
Email: isbamb@um.dk
Cell: 0307 555 9141 Or
Mrs. Hina Akhtar,
Communication Consultant
Cell: 0306 545 1766

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