Scholars, practitioners discuss principles for war reporting & relief

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ISLAMABAD: Speakers at a conference on ‘Islam and Humanitarian Principles’ were unanimous that humanitarian principles should guide media organizations in reporting conflicts and disasters, says a Press release.
Adherence to humanitarian principles and medical ethics by healthcare practitioners, especially those involved in conflict and disaster relief work was also underscored by the scholars and practitioners participating in the academic event from across the country.
They two-day national conference jointly organized by International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and Institute of Policy Studies (IPS), Islamabad concluded here Wednesday.
The second and concluding day of the conference was addressed by Dr Qibla Ayaz, chairman, Council of Islamic Ideology (CII), Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khan, Vice Chancellor, Shifa Int’l University, Dr Sohail Hasan, director general, Da’wah Academy, International Islamic University (IIUI), Islamabad, Khalid Rahman, Executive President, IPS, Abdul Shakoor, president, Al Khidmat Foundation, Dr Syed Mohammad Anwer, member, CII, Javid Gillani, director operations, Muslim Hands, Mufti Muhammad Arif, director religious affairs, Khubaib Foundation, Dr Shams ul Haq Hanif, Maulana Abu Ammar Zahid ur Rashidi, Maulana Yaseen Zafar, Dr Muhammad Iqbal Khalil, and Dr Ziaullah Rahmani, senior program officer, ICRC.
The speakers criticized the sensationalism in the media while reporting terror incidents, disasters and conflicts. The increasing use of media was as a psychological war tool in global, regional and national conflicts was also highlighted with grave concern.