Role of Media in Peace-building.

Journalism does not need justification for its existence. Its service to society is justification in itself. Journalism can not only help to distribute information but also counter hate-speech and create an environment of balanced opinions, an information equilibrium.

Journalists have a responsibility to deliver accurate factual information to the people so that they can avoid distress and confusion. The branch of journalism that creates peace and security among the people is called Peace Journalism.

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Disenchanted

Making for monotonous viewing, scores of citizens get about their mundane routines. They do so thankfully. Yet, beneath this stagnant equilibrium lies a sheathed perplexity of the inner kind: a pandemonium akin to turmoil. The land we so earnestly recognise as the fruit of our ancestors’ labour and the root of our identity is now being put aside, hesitantly, in a bid towards pastures anew.

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OUR EDUCATION SYSTEM

Yesterday, while scrolling down the social media, a post unexpectedly diverted my attention towards itself. It stated that our education system lacks two things

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This simple but critical note showed the darkest side of the most fundamental element of social survival in our country. Seeking knowledge is a basic duty of every Muslim can still not been implemented as the most important religious act in the ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF PAKISTAN. Going through the leaves of history, a document suddenly peeps out named as the election manifesto of PTI.

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What Jinnah Accomplished?

In Pakistan, we just celebrated Quaid e Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah’s birthday on 25th December. On this occasion, I want to discuss some points Faisal Devji raised in his book, ‘Muslim Zion’ and later I will give my point of view on what Jinnah accomplished with the partition

“It is clear, nevertheless, that what he [Jinnah] accomplished was not simply the partition of India, but that of its Muslims also, whose demographic weight in the subcontinent was destroyed by Pakistan’s founding” is a quote from the Muslim Zion, a book authored by Faisal Devji in which he shines light upon the pressing issue that is the state of Muslims in the subcontinent.

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Book Review: Hindson Mein Batti Zindagi by Jameel Akhtar

“Hindson Mein Batti Zindagi” is the second book by Muhammad Jameel Akhtar. This recent compilation (2020) includes Urdu afsany and short stories that has been published by Sareer Publications. His first book “Tooti Hui Sarak” came out in December 2017. It was also a beautiful composition of short stories and afsanas with different new techniques and experiments in the tradition of Urdu afsana. Jameel is an accountant by profession but his pen calculates life in such a meticulous way

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Importance of Peace Journalism

Peace journalism, as the name suggests, is a form of journalism committed to exploring root causes of conflict to create opportunities for society at large to consider and value non-violent responses to conflict. The concept of Peace Journalism was developed by Norwegian sociologist Johan Vincent Galtung, so far he has been called the principal founder of the discipline of peace and conflict studies. Dr. Johan Galtung divided the peace into two types Positive Peace and Negative Peace. Positive Peace is a true, lasting, and sustainable peace built on justice for all peoples, and Negative Peace is defined as peace without justice. It is a false sense of peace that often comes at the cost of justice.

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Peace Journalism As A Weapon Against Animosity

Media contribute to the social construction of reality, on one hand, by introducing specific topics into public discourse and, on another, by presenting these topics. As Jim Morrison rightly said, “Whoever controls the media, controls the mind” acknowledging the fact that the media itself play a role in the propaganda war, peace journalism can come hand in hand. The history of peace journalism can be traced back to 1965, Johan Galtung’s model.

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Peace Journalism in Indo-Pak Relation

In the modern world in which we live in Media is the most Prestigious tool of any society or country that influenced on hearts and minds of the targeted audience. In India and Pakistan, people put a lot of confidence in their media and whatever they publish or on-Air on their respective newspapers or news channel. Ever since life has come into existence on this planet earth war and peace have remained important aspects in determining the very destiny of humankind. With every conflict, there is a solution with every war there comes peace.

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Time Travel: A Myth or Reality?

I was watching a season a week ago when I came across a rather wonderous concept, dramatized in a very unique way. It was a German season named “Dark” and started with children missing in a mysterious way without leaving any sort of trace. At first, it appeared as a case of serial killings or a case of supernatural involvement. However, as soon as the events started to unfold, it was revealed that the source of this mysteriousness was a door in a cave at the back of a Nuclear Plant. Behind that door was a crack in the fabric of reality which allowed people to travel back and forth in time. The concept that was explored in a rather different and unique style than any other we are familiar with, was “Time Travel”.

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Is Pakistan’s media advocating Peace Journalism over Kashmir issue?

Peace journalism can be described as journalism that offers a more balanced perspective of war and conflict than that provided by the dominant mainstream media. For instance, peace journalism aims to construct realities from all sides and to reveal less visible causes and effects of war and violence, such as their cost in terms of the dead and disabled, and of the destruction of social order and institutions, while refraining from dehumanizing the enemy. Rather than emphasizing what divides opposed parties, as is common in mainstream media war coverage, peace journalism seeks to uncover any possible areas of agreement between them.

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