ANALYSTS URGE PUBLIC PARTICIPATION THROUGH MEDIA FOR STRONG POLITICAL INSTITUTION
Citizens should play more active role in shaping political processes including decision and policy making, public services and public communication. This was the crux of the deliberations held at Noon Auditorium during Sargodha Literary Festival in a panel discussion titled ‘Politics, Media and Society’ on March 11.
The session, aimed to reveal the role of media in strengthening political institutions and creating robust civic engagement, generated a new debating thread about the interplay of politics, media andsociety.
- The speakers underlined that media must demonstrate responsibility and refrain from agenda setting as framing is crucial in influencing public opinion and political communication, however without democracy, the existence of a free media is inconceivable.
- Media should project citizen voices and political institutions should pay heed to public concerns to facilitate social cohesion and support.
- The debate also discovered the weaknesses of political systems, particularly the political parties, the way they interact with voters and claim to speak for segments.
- Citizens should make wise political decisions during elections.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Mr Muhammad Amir Rana, Security and Political Analyst
Mr Zafarullah Khan, Civic Educator
Mr Yasir Pirzada, Civil Servant and Columnist
Mr Gull e Nokhaiz Akhtar, Writer and Humorist