Peace Initiative: Pakistani and Indian Media Giants Move Forward
For the past two years the largest media group of Pakistan, the Jang Group, has been working on a peace initiative with India. Entering into an agreement with the Times of India, the largest media group in India, 'Aman ki Asha' or Hope for Peace is campaigning for peace between the two countries. Rather than fighting agaist poverty, illiteracy and myriad other fronts in both the countries, their governments and armed forces have been at each other's throats for over sixty years now. High time that sanity prevails, and peace flourishes and absurd visa restrictions are removed between the two countries where families and friends remain divided across the borders.
KARACHI: Senior editors and anchors from India and Pakistan on Tuesday agreed on the need to create more empathy for each other's country, and the dire need for more "cross-border information". The journalists are in the city for a meeting titled 'Talking Peace' convened by Aman ki Asha, a joint initiative of the Jang Group of Pakistan and the Times of India Group.
The discussion took place in a frank and open atmosphere. The participants made several specific suggestions to improve coverage of issues which may lead to heightened understanding between both the countries. Some of these suggestions stemmed from the need to reinforce best journalistic practices, like being careful about reports based on single sources and questioning stories stemming from government agencies.