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