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Afghan, Pak journalists meet on common challenges

Afghan, Pak journalists meet on common challenges

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Feb 21, 2011 - 20:25

KABULinfo-icon (PANinfo-icon): A two-day gathering of Afghan and Pakistani journalists on resolving their common problems started in Kabul on Monday, an official said.

Participants of "A dialogue between Afghan and Pakistani media outlets" set up a 14-member committee to work for overcoming shared challenges.

About 80 media professionals, including 21 from Pakistaninfo-icon, are attending the event, Killid Radio Director Najiba Ayubi told Pajhwok Afghan News.

The Killid Group, the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Pak Institutefor Peace Studies(PIPS) are jointly hosting the meeting.

In a message read out by his spokesman Siamak Herawi, President Hamid Karzai said that media outlets could play a significant role in promoting regional cooperation and improvement bilateral relations between the two nations.

"Today, journalists of the two countries have come together to discuss their challenges, problems and opportunities," said Deputy Minister of Information and Culture Din Mohammad Mubarez Rashidi.

MuhammadAmir Rana, thedirector of PIPS, hoped that journalists of the two countries would use this opportunity to boost professional interaction and cooperation.

Over the next 18 months, Najiba Ayubi said, media organisations of the two countries would produce 21 research stories to remove misconceptions and misunderstandings.

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