July 16, 2008

Pakistan: Sindh Government to Establish Media Centre

Text of report by official news agency Associated Press of Pakistan (APP)

Karachi, 16 July: Sindh government is going to establish a media centre at a cost of 100m rupees [1.4m US dollars] to facilitate journalists belonging to print and electronic media to enable them to work in a more efficient manner. This was stated by Sindh Information Minister Shazia Marri, while talking to a delegation of electronic media which met her at Sindh Information Department here Wednesday [16 July].

She observed that both print and electronic media played a significant role in the struggle for democracy in Pakistan and their sacrifices cannot he ignored. Sindh government, she said, will make every effort to promote public-private partnership in the two media segments so that not only the grievances of masses are highlighted but also addressed at appropriate forums without any delay. "We all are struggling for a system which brings prosperity and sustainability to our country", Shazia Marri said. The minister pointed out that competition has become tough due to emergence of a number of TV channels and now each minute is very important. In such a situation the government role has become more important in providing facilities to journalists.

Ms Marri reiterated the need of training, workshops for skill development of both private and public sector media and Information and said the government has approved a scheme of 100m rupees media centre to facilitate the journalists in the performance of their duties. The centre, she pointed out, will be established on the pattern of Dubai media city with the provision of all required sophisticated technological facilities. She assured the delegation of solution of their problems regarding housing etc.

Originally published by Associated Press of Pakistan news agency, Islamabad, in English 1502 16 Jul 08.

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