“The journalists must remain impartial, unbiased, read books to keep themselves updated and should highlight the collective interest issues,” adding the journalists should discharge their duties in line with the ideals of journalistic ethics and principles,” said senior journalist Shehzada Zulfikar, while speaking at a two-day training workshop for journalists, organized by Media and Communication department Pakistan Red Crescent Society on first-aid and professional skills development at a local hotel in the provincial capital Quetta. Journalists across Balochistan including Quetta, Zhob, Kharan, Chaman, Ziarat, Noshki, Naseerabad, Pishin, Taftan, Nokundi and Dalbandin participated in the workshop.
Media and Communication Officer PCRS Naseebullah Malik in his welcome remarks gave briefed introduction of Red Cross and Red Crescent and highlighted the role of PRCS and ICRC.
“PRCS has been serving by providing emergency and disaster relief besides rehabilitation, healthcare and other facilities since its establishment in every nook and corner of the country”, adding the organization works closely with the International Committee of Red Cross (ICRC), International Federation of Red Cross (IFRC) and Red Crescent Societies.
The first-aid trainer Hassnan Ameen imparted knowledge and techniques about first-aid including bleeding control, injury, choking, fractures, bandages, dealing with an unconscious casualty, heart attack, snake bite, burns injury, electrocution and injured transportation in a wake of emergency during the training session. The techniques were also practiced by the participants.
Media and Communication Officer Hira Hameed briefed the participants about the effective communication skills, while Bureau Chief 92 News Khalil Ahmed gave a comprehensive lecture on investigative journalism. He stressed on the importance of neutrality and keeping credibility intact while reporting on sensitive issues.
Secretary PCRS Balochistan Jehanzeb Raisani congratulated the journalists on attending a successful training and said that the media is a bridge between the government and the masses. He emphasized that keeping in mind the sufferings of people in Balochistan every city should have a state-of-the-art emergency response center. Meanwhile, certificates were also given away to the participants of workshop.