IBA-CEJ, CCPP Award Journalists For Excellence In Rights-Based Reporting

IBA-CEJ, CCPP Award Journalists For Excellence In Rights-Based Reporting

Twelve reporters from across Pakistan acknowledged for their work related to rights based stories

Dec 20, 2017: The Centre for Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration (CEJ-IBA), Karachi and Center for Communication Programs Pakistan (CCPP) in partnership with Palladium Pakistan organized the Award for Excellence in Journalism “Lab Azad” on Wednesday, Dec 20, 2017. Twelve journalists received the awards in rights-based reporting for news stories published between July 1, 2016 and June 30, 2017 at a ceremony held on Wednesday at CEJ.

The winners in each of the four categories are as follows:

Mainstream Broadcast (TV/Radio)
Health rights with focus on access to services
Amina Shaheen, Geo TV
Population growth and realisation of human rights
Shayan Saleem, Samaa TV
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning
Shumaila Jaffery, BBC

Mainstream Print/Online - English
Health rights with focus on access to services
Yousaf Ajab Baloch, Balochistan Point
Population growth and realisation of human rights
Bilal Karim Mughal & Saher Baloch, Dawn.Com (Saher Baloch now works for BBC)
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning
Atika Rehman, Fahad Naveed & Munnazzah Raza, Dawn.Com

Mainstream Print/Online - Urdu
Health rights with focus on access to services
Muhammad Atif Sheikh, Freelance
Population growth and realisation of human rights
Syed Sajjad Kazmi, Daily Dunya
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning
Fariha Fatima, ARY News

District Correspondents
Health rights with focus on access to services
Nisar Ahmad Khan, Dawn News
Population growth and realisation of human rights
Islam Gul Afridi, Daily Akhbar E Khyber
Women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning
Amjad Ali, Daily Islah

Speaking on the occasion, CEJ director Kamal Siddiqi said, “I am happy that we continue this partnership with CCPP and Palladium Pakistan as it helps recognise rights based reporting.” He added that the CEJ would start its Masters in Journalism programme next year so they would try and introduce rights-based reporting in the syllabus.

The panel of judges included Rahimullah Yusufzai, resident editor of The News Peshawar, Afiya Zia, scholar and contributor to Dawn, Farah Zia, editor of The News on Sunday and Hafiz Tariq Mehmood, director news at News One TV.

On awarding journalists for rights based reporting, Rahimullah Yusufzai said these awards will encourage journalists to write on socio-economic issues that have a direct impact on the lives of people.

Commenting on the importance of such initiatives, chief guest Javed Jabbar said the CEJ-CCPP awards will help inspire journalists to new heights. He added that the CEJ maintains a commitment to qualitative human resource development in journalism.

Excited to have won an award, Shumaila Jaffery expressed her appreciation and said, “I am sure that these awards will motivate journalists to focus more on human rights, health issues and women development. These topics are under reported and considered less important.”

Yousaf Ajab Baloch, who won an award in the category of mainstream print/online said, “It is a success for all journalists in Balochistan, who have been striving to ensure truth and accuracy and to become a voice of the voiceless through digital journalism.”

Sharing the idea behind having awards for a specific category, CCPP Director Atif Ikram said through this award, their aim is to promote and recognise beat reporting, especially on the so-called softer subjects in Pakistan. It is absolutely heartening to see that just in its second year, the award has added two additional categories for beat reporting. Mr. Atif Akram said, “We want this award to be independent, impartial and owned by the journalist community at large”.

One of the award categories of women rights with focus on reproductive health and family planning was sponsored by Sukh Initiative.

Other dignitaries who were present on the occasion included Arshad Saeed Husain, CEO Aman Health Care Services; Dr. Fayaz Ahmed, Team leader EVA-BHN (Palladium Pakistan); Dr. Farrukh Iqbal, Dean and Director IBA and Mr. Azhar Abbas MD Geo News.

IBA-CEJ, CCPP Award Journalists For Excellence In Rights-Based Reporting