GLOBAL JOURNALIST: Pakistani journalists visit MU

Sunday, April 8, 2012 | 8:33 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — Pakistani journalists visited MU last week as part of an exchange sponsored by the East-West Center. While they were at the Missouri School of Journalism, two of the journalists — Mahboob Ali, correspondent for Geo TV Network, and Aneela Khalid Khan, a reporter with Radio Mashaal — were interviewed on the most recent "Global Journalist" broadcast.

"Global Journalist" profiled four of the participants in the exchange program about what it's like to work in Pakistan, one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.

Hafsah Syed, a producer at Dawn News TV, developed a show for urban women called "The First Blast." "The core value for the show was very simple: celebrating life and embracing change," she said. "And while you do that, raise the national awareness."

Shabbir Ahmad is a producer for Geo News. His show, "Jirga," focuses on the war on terror. "Whenever the United States needs Pakistan it becomes friendly, and whenever it thinks it doesn’t need Pakistan it becomes unfriendly," he said.

Sajid Hussain is an assistant editor for an English-language daily newspaper, The News International. "If you look from the U.S., it looks very scary, but I think we become used to that environment," he said. "We have become immune to violence to a certain degree."

Imrana Saghar reports on government institutions in Pakistan for Daily Express. "Journalism in Pakistan is a varying situation," she said. "Punjab is a peaceful area. There, journalism is calm and peaceful, but in cities like Karachi, Fata and other northern areas, there are the NATO attacks and other terrorist attacks."

While they were in Columbia, the Pakistani journalists visited students at Rock Bridge High School.

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