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a cross-border link for journalists from India and Pakistan

Cross Border Reporting by Indian and Pakistani journalists

Journalists from 14 leading Indian and Pakistan news organisations met in Colombo to map out cross-border reporting projects to run in 2017.

The five-day Dialogue held in early December was the capstone event for a two-year East-West Center project titled “Improving Cross-Border Reporting: India-Pakistan Journalists Exchange and Dialogue.” The Exchange took Indian and Pakistan news teams on reporting trips to their neighbour country. The Exchange and Dialogue were supported by a grant from the US Embassy in Islamabad.

“The Indian and Pakistan journalists discovered more in common between their two countries than differences,” said Susan Kreifels, East-West Centre Media Programmes Manager who coordinated the Exchange and Dialogue.

“They really connected both personally and professionally and developed close bonds.”

Kreifels said the journalists are very committed to pursuing the cross-border reporting projects they planned in Sri Lanka, and they have stayed in close touch through social media.

Sri Lankan Minister o Parliamentary Reforms and Mass Media Gayantha Karunathilaka gave the keynote address at the Dialogue.

Colombo hosts India-Pakistan Journalists Dialogue



Two national anthems

We gather for tea and story-telling, a family gathering of sorts

This is about our gathering in Colombo.


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Mapping Karachi – from NDTV

This is from the introduction to the NDTV documentary on Mapping Karachi – one of our group’s cross border reporting efforts between India and Pakistan

“We arrive in Karachi on a media exchange programme that gave us a choice to travel to either Lahore, Islamabad or Karachi. Our choice – based on Karachi’s reputation as a diverse, teeming metropolis, a microcosm of Pakistan, notorious for its violence – one that stems from both religious extremism and local gang warfare. Our guidelines did not allow us to report politics or religion, in some ways impossible to do as both shape almost every aspect of life in South Asia. We bring you a week long journey through this bustling, turbulent and violent metropolis, compared to Beirut, more like Bombay and once, way back in its history, also called the Paris of the East.”

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Life in Karachi by NDTV
Life in Karachi by NDTV

The Female Boxers of Lyari, Karachi – NDTV


Mahira Khan talks to NDTV

The Women in Red in Karachi

Remembering Sabeen Mahmud

Our work. Our lives. Our hands reaching out.

What made today’s news different?

Not much.

But isn’t it always the same?

Life, death, corruption, desire, and hope; people, places and events that may be new, but  not if we think about what came before.

Good news. Bad news.

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What’s different is that we look at the news to remind us that life matters, that we are touched by the basics of our lives.

And so, we write about tragedies and joys again and again.


We also write, photograph and capture stories in video or audio that we think tell us what is important in our daily lives.

How do we make these unchanging stories new and alive?

We learn about our art. We learn all the skills we can. We push our understandings of what’s happening in the world around.


So, let’s share our skills. Let’s talk to each other about what we learned or want to learn. And in our small group, let’s reach out to help, to share, to encourage and to support each other.

Here, for example, is a wonderful photo package by Saumya about traveling everyday in Delhi. Can we do this also in Karachi or Lahore or Islamabad? Can we do the same in Hyderabad and Kerala and Chennai?


What else can we compare?

We’ve looked at health and justice. What other stories about lives in India and Pakistan can we create that tell us about the basics that are important?

Our thoughts?

Let’s share.

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