NEW YORK: 4thPillar.org organized a seminar on Ethical Journalism, Fairness and Accuracy in News Reporting in New York with its President Farooq Mirza in chair. Pakistani Consul General in New York Raja Ali Ejaz was the chief guest and a large number of journalists and important personalities from the Pakistani community attended the seminar.

Addressing the seminar, Farooq Mirza said that the purpose of launching 4thPillar.org was to provide a digital platform to the journalist community to check facts about different national and international issues. He said there was a need to uplift the standard of journalism in Pakistan, especially the television journalism presented a very dismal picture and there was a dire need for reforms in this field.

Farooq Mirza said that in a country of 200 million people, journalism plays a very important role. However there is a crisis of trained manpower in the field of journalism, he added. Keeping this in view, 4thPillar.org has already conducted many training sessions and workshops in Pakistan in collaboration with the Poynter’s University, he told the participants. “Poynter’s News University is one of the world’s most innovative online journalism and media training programs. It is open to journalists, bloggers, freelance writers, journalism students.”

“4thPillar will continue to play its role for the betterment of journalism and journalistic community in Pakistan.” Farooq Mirz sought cooperation of journalists and Pakistani community in this regard. The participants of the seminar were briefed on the performance 4thPillar.org through slides.

Addressing the seminar, Pakistani Consul General in New York Raja Ali Ejaz appreciated the efforts of 4thPillar.org. He stressed the need for education which is a key to development. He urged the Pakistani community residing in the US to focus on achieving education.

While addressing the seminar, Faiq Siddiqui, Mujeeb Lodhi, Mohsin Zaheer, Arshad Chaudhry, Manzoor Hussian, Raja Razaq and Memi Asad also called for reforms in media and lauded the role of 4thPillar. (Pictorial coverage of the seminar in Activities section)

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