KARACHI: Senior journalists of Karachi Editors Club called on President Dr. Arif Alvi, here at the Governor's House, Saturday. - PID photo

KARACHI: President Arif Alvi said here Saturday that media with the capacity to shape public perception, for good or bad, about range of issues must be fully cognizant of the impact they create on the world in general and their targeted communities in particular.
Talking to a delegation of Karachi Editors Club (KEC) in a meeting held at Sindh Governor House, he said media could actually change global scenario.
In particular context of Pakistan, he agreed that proper training in the field of journalism was a crucial requirement but emphasized that concepts of morality and accountability must also be inculcated among the professionals as well as students of journalism.
It is of the high value in a situation where print media (newspaper industry) was fast losing its space while importance of NEWS and information was ever growing with electronic and social media meeting the public requirement.
President Alvi iterated need for social media regulations in the country with due consideration towards media ethics, adding that collective responsibility lies upon all concerned stakeholders to bring about the much-cherished social change.
He urged KEC members to make use of their experience and help improve skills of students and young journalists on professional lines with equal consideration towards moral values.
The President also suggested that Karachi Editors Club, said to be also playing a think tank role, might contribute towards addressing the issue of symptoms. The officers concerned can ask the basic staff to rejoin the office from March 17, it added.
Moreover, it has been made mandatory upon all staffers entering the secretariat to wear a face mask. From March 17, the statement said, the secretariat will operate from 10am to 4:00pm.
On Thursday, Federal Minister Asad Umar confirmed that the third wave of Covid-19 had started in Pakistan and attributed the rising number of cases to the virus’ UK strain. – TLTP