Balochistan Institute for Future Development is organizing the second three-day workshop on “Media, Democracy and Human Rights – Journalists Capacity Building in Media Tools”  with the collaboration of National Endowment for Democracy (NED) from Monday April 26 to 28, 2010 at the Conference Hall of the Quetta Press Club.

The event would be attended by the following 22 participants from 15 districts of Balochistan.

1 Maqbool Nasir Kech Correspondent Samma TV 2 Zahir Achakzai Qila Saifullah Associated Press of Pakistan 3 Allah Noor Nasir Loralai Correspondent Daily Duniya 4 Naseer Bugti Dera Bugti Correspondent Daily Azadi 5 Mathiullah Achakzai Chaman AFP 6 Khalid Ayaz Washuk Express News 7 Naseer Masthoi Naseerabad Online New Agency 8 Barkat Baloch Panjgur Bureau Chief Daily Intekhab 9 Abdul Raziq Quetta Balochistan Express 10 Wahid Shahwani Khuzdar Daily Bakhabar 11 Watan Yar Khilji Zhob Radio Pakistan 12 Younas Baloch Khuzdar Daily Azadi 13 Karim Dad Sherani Independent News of Pakistan 14 Mirza Jalil Ahmed Quetta The Baloch Hal 15 Khadam Bugti Kohlu Daily Jang 16 Javaria Tareem Quetta Weekly Express 17 Mutasim Qazi Quetta University of Balochistan 18 Amjid Ali Quetta University of Balochistan 19 Rohma Altaf Quetta University of Balochistan 20 Farah Saleem Niazi Quetta University of Balochistan 21 Noor Mohsin Gwadar Freelance Journalist 22 Rehmatullah Jhal Magsi Daily Express

The program schedule is as follows:

Sunday, 25 April 2010

06:00 p.m. Arrival of participants

(All Participants will stay in Islamabad Hotel, Jinnah Road, Quetta)

08:00 p.m Dinner  (From BIFD at Usmania Resturant)

Day-1: Monday, 26 April 2010

Facilitator: Malik Siraj Akbar

09:30 a.m. Introduction of participants.

10:00 a.m: Introduction to Balochistan Institute for Future Development (BIFD) and the workshop

10:30 a.m: Understanding Relation between Media and  Democracy

Speaker: Siddiq Baluch, Editor-in-chief Daily Balochistan Express and Daily Azadi

11:15 a.m: Participants’ Questions/Remarks

11:35 a.m:              Tea Break

12:00 p.m:      Forms of Journalism & Role of Journalists in Human Rights Promotion.

Speaker: Rahma Mohammad, Journalist, Express Tribune, Karachi

12:45 p.m: Participants Questions/Remarks

1:20:   Introduction to Handbook on Media and Democracy with Special Reference to Balochistan

Speaker: Malik Siraj Akbar, BIFD Project Manager/ Editor The Baloch Hal

1:45: Participants’ inputs on the handbook

2:00 p.m: Lunch Break

03:00 p.m: Modern Media Tools – Impact on Democracy Development and Women Rights

Speaker: Shahid Rind, Bureau Chief  Samaa TV, Quetta Bureau

03:45 p.m: Participants’ Questions/Remarks

04:00 p.m: Work Groups:

WG I:                Democracy & Media

WG II:              Media & Human Rights

WG III:              Digital Communication & Awareness

WG IV:              Media and Conflict Resolution

05:00 p.m: Day 1 Closing

DAY – 2, Tuesday 27 April, 2010

Facilitator: Malik Siraj Akbar

10:00 a.m: Pakistani Media – Issues & Prospects

Rahma Mohammad, Journalist, Express Tribune, Karachi

11:30 a.m: Participants Questions/Remarks

11:45 a.m:              Tea Break

12:00 a.m:              Media as a Watch Dog- The Case of Pakistan’s Lawyers Movement (How Media supported mass mobilization for the restoration of Rule of Law)

Speaker: *Ali Ahmed Kurd, former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association

12:45 p.m:            Question/inputs/Remarks

01:00 p.m: Introduction to RTI/FOIA

Speaker: Malik Siraj Akbar, Editor The Baloch Hal

02:00 p.m:                         Lunch

03:00 p.m: Journalism & Best Practices

(Covering human rights issues in the media)

Speaker: Shahzada Zuliqar, Senior journalist AFP/ Herald

03:30 p.m: Participants’ Inputs

04:00 p.m: Work Groups

WG I:  Writing a Focused Press release on Women  Rights

WG II:  Preparing an Interview Questioner on Democracy and Human Rights issues in Pakistan.

WG III: Writing a story on Women Rights abuses in Balochistan.

WG IV:  Writing a feature on non-violence

05:00 p.m: Day 2- Closes

DAY – 3, Wednesday 28 April 2010

10:30 a.m: Introduction to BIFD Journalists’ Network, blogging and social networks (Joining the official BIFDJN blog, Facebook Group and Mailing Group)

Speaker: Malik Siraj Akbar

11:30 p.m: Tea Break

12:00 p.m: Reporting on Conflict and humanitarian issues

Speaker: Mujeeb Ahmed, Balochistan Bureau Chief Aaj TV

12:30: p.m: Participants’ Questions/ Inputs

01:00 p.m: Field trip: Visit to a  private TV channel’s  Quetta Bureau. Presentation to the visiting journalists about the functioning of a bureau office and its expectations from District Correspondents.

2:00 p.m:                        Lunch Break

03: 00 p.m. Effective Reporting of Democracy and Human Rights from Districts from a reporter’s perspective

Speaker: Saleem Shahid, Balochistan Bureau Chief Dawn

03:30p.m. Participants’ inputs/ Questions

03:45: Balochistan Journalists Network Formation

04.00 p.m. Evaluation of the workshop

04: 30                                Certificates

05:00 p.m:                      Conclusion

*This speaker still has to confirm his availability for the workshop