Breaking news trend: A life threat for journalists

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Breaking news trend: A life threat for journalists

QUETTA: (APP) Advisor to Chief Minister Balochistan on Information, Sardar Raza Baraich has said that rating and breaking news trend by channels must be ended as it had caused several security threats to journalists even some of them had lost their lives.

The advisor while addressing the concluding ceremony of a two-day media workshop on security of journalists organized by Individualland on Wednesday said, "A number of journalists were killed in target killing in different parts of the country, most of them belonged to Balochistan."

At one hand, some media houses earned money by increasing their rating through breaking news and sensation and on other, their reporters lost their lives as they were forced to be part of sensationalism," he said.

Executive Director Individualland, Gul Mina Bilal Ahmed, Demonstrators and Master Trainers, Touseeq Haider, Hashim Khan Kakar and Ms. Sundas also attended the workshop.

Baraich urged journalists to adopt balanced reporting approach and unbiased attitude towards their work in order to ensure impartiality and justice with their profession.

"A journalist must follow ethical journalism and balanced reporting approach for personal safety and security and should avoid from yellow journalism, rating and breaking news culture", he said.

The Executive Director said that Individualland had been focusing on raising awareness among media persons about importance of ethical journalism and to adopt security measures for their safety.

"Avoiding ethical journalism by some media groups is also one of the major cause which posed threats to media community, she said.

Haider said that media houses, press clubs and newspapers must formulate their Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for their security.