Hopeful Future of Journalism in Pakistan


Lahore (Muhammad Yasir) During the partial lockdown, Punjab police checked 182,678 vehicles and 437,646 bikes over pillion-riding across the province” Arshad Dogar, winner of Lahore Chapter of Police Media Sath Sath story competition (Print Category) stated some facts form his story, “One third of Punjab Police on duty against Virus”, during a prize distribution webinar arranged by Communications Research Strategies (CRS).

1- Print Story

The story competition was launched under the initiative Police Awam Sath Sath to complement CRS’s network building efforts that consisted of the professionals who work on the agenda of necessary police reforms in their respective domains.

The competition encouraged journalists across Pakistan to file stories that can potentially improve relations among public and police. There were three main categories in each station (Islamabad/Rawalpindi, Lahore, Karachi and Peshawar) including print, digital and electronic.

2- Digital web story

The winner of digital web story, “Brilliant Mobile Tracking System Used by Punjab Police” by Burhan ud Din explained about efficient technology adoption by the department which is successfully helping the ordinary masses to get their snatched mobile phones back.

3- Electronic TV reporting category

In Electronic TV reporting category, Huma Sadaf bagged first prize for her report about ‘Role of Women in Punjab police’. In her report, she explained how the women, despite all odds, are effectively playing their part at different levels of Punjab Police.

Amir Ghauri, a veteran journalist moderating the session

Amir Ghauri, a veteran journalist, while moderating the session appreciated the efforts of CRS and all the participants who collaborated for a network for police reforms. He was impressed by the diligence and empathy of young journalists and was hopeful about the future of journalism in Pakistan.

Aniq Zafar, CEO CRS explained about his company’s effort in arranging Police Media Sath Webinars across Pakistan that has registered more than 100 diverse participants who pledged for making efforts regarding police reforms. “I am delighted that people responded to this initiative and now we can actually gauge the positive change in reporting about police through these stories. Through these webinars, and story competition, we wanted to give momentum and direction to police reforms which must be carried forward by all the alliance partners of Police Awam Sath Sath”, he said while concluding the webinar.