South Asia Media Summit expresses solidarity with Pak Journos

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Panaji, Nov 16 (UNI) Coinciding with the National Press Day, the South Asia Media Summit, which began here today, unanimously resolved to express its ''grave concern'' over the stringent restrictions imposed on the Pakistan media in view of the Emergency there.

Conveying its ''solidarity'' with the Pakistani journalists and media units, the annual summit wished the government would lift the restrictions, paving for media freedom again.

The resolution was adopted after the participants discussed threadbare the status of democracy vis-a-vis media in the South Asian countries in the technical session on ''Media and Democracy: Mission or Mirage''.

The session was chaired by veteran journalist Ajit Bhattacharjee, former director, press institute of India, New Delhi, and former president of the Editors'' Guild of India.

About 30 eminent journalists and editors, media educators from Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri lanka and India including Goa were participating in the 3-day prestigious annual event that has set the tone for discussing various burning issues like the media in South Asia had been facing.

The summit, third in its series in Goa, is being organised by the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung (FES-India), Media Information and Communication Centre of India (MICCI) and the International Centre Goa (ICG).

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