Dialogue on Proposed Legislation about Press in Sindh

The panel discussion on 'Proposed Legislation about Press in Sindh' was organized in collaboration with the Center for Media Development (CMD) on October 5 at CEJ. The discussion was organized to analyze Sindh government's new law, the Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agencies and Books Registration Act, 2017, to regulate registration of newspapers, news agencies, printing presses and books that appears to be tougher on paper than the existing laws.

The event was attended by journalists, researchers and citizens. Some of the distinguished journalists included Mazhar Abbas, Dr Jabbar Khattak, Dr Tauseef Ahmed, Muqtada Mansoor, Kamal Siddiqi, Qazi Asif, Sabin Agha, Omair Alavi, and others.

Mental Health for Journalists; Dealing with Trauma

CEJ in collaboration with Deutsche Welle (DW), organized a panel discussion on World Mental Health Day on October 10 to highlight the importance of mental well-being of journalists and how to deal with trauma that the journalists face every day in the line of duty.

The discussion was held at the Karachi Press Club (KPC) and was moderated by Afia Salam. Psychiatrist and Pakistan Association for Mental Health president Dr Syed Haroon Ahmed was the keynote speaker. Panelists included Head of Psychiatry Civil Hospital Dr Razaur Rehman, KPA Health Committee secretary Waqar Bhatti, Daily Nai Baat editor and KPC secretary Maqsood Yousufi, and senior journalist Zofeen Ebrahim.

Panel Discussion on Culture of Discourse and Dissent

CEJ hosted a panel discussion on the 'Culture of Discourse and Dissent' in collaboration with Newsline Magazine on October 16. The panelists included CEJ director Kamal Siddiqi representing the media, lawyer Salahuddin Ahmed representing the legal fraternity and academic and activist Afiya Sherbano Zia representing academia. The discussion was moderated by Farieha Aziz, co-founder and director of Bolo Bhi, a digital rights and civil liberties group.

The discussion revolved around the questions such as was this always how we were as a state and society? What kind of events, polices and laws have brought to us where we stand today? What impact has this had on discourse and dissent? What can be salvaged and changed?