World Press Freedom Day Discussion
To mark the occasion of World Press Freedom Day in 2021, SOC Films hosted its first-ever ‘Webinar’ to discuss serious issues that often impact on journalists’ ability to report on matters that affect many Pakistanis, including minority communities.
The Webinar, moderated by journalist Munizae Jahangir, featured speakers from diverse backgrounds including the Canadian High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour, who also gave the opening remarks; lawyer, activist, and founder of Digital Rights Foundation Nighat Dad; journalist and Director of the Center for Excellence in Journalism at the Institute of Business Administration Kamal Siddiqui; activist, columnist; Director at Bolo Bhi, an advocacy, policy, and research organization focused on digital rights and internet policy Usama Khilji and two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, journalist and a Knight International Journalist Award recipient Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy.
During the Webinar, SOC Films also screened documentaries that are part of the “whiteintheflag.com” platform, in an attempt to create a discourse about the experience of being a minority in Pakistan, from forced conversions, abductions, terrorism at their places of worship to target killings, and how the local media has a responsibility in safeguarding, protecting and promoting their rights, especially on issues which directly affect their lives and communities.
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