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Ghurbat Amn Aur Insaf (Poverty, peace and justice)

A series on the vicious circle formed by poverty, (in the absence of) peace and justice

Uks in collaboration with The Asia Foundation produced a series of 10 radio programmes under Supporting Democratic Development in Pakistan. Launched on (September 15, 2004), the series was based on issues of and around Democracy and Good Governance, these programmes are intended to be non-commercial and dedicated to public interest broadcasting. The programmes are a combination of issues and entertainment, social discussion and music besides providing an outlet for the variety of voices and opinions previously unheard on our radio channels.

Features of the Programme

The programme made use of different segments to provide a developmental perspective to issues relating to poverty, peace and justice. These segments included.

  • Studio-Based Interviews
  • Location based Stories
  • Features
  • Studio-Based Discussions
  • Oral Testimonies
  • Thematic songs or poetry
  • Vox-pops (public voices) Each programme incorporated the following issues.
  • Access to Justice
  • Right to Shelter
  • Culture of Violence
  • Peace and Women
  • Poverty

Besides coverage of forums in Mithi, Mansehra, Gujranwala, Jehlum, Pashin, Quetta and Lahore, some of the major stories covered under these issues were:

  • Border displacement (Shakargarh)
  • Water shortage (Malir)
  • Bangle industry (Hyderabad)
  • Karo kari (ShikarPur)
  • Women in Jails (Islamabad)
  • Women’s success stories (Jehlum)
  • Attock military farms (Attock)

The programmes were broadcasted by different FM stations free of cost and garnered an overwhelming response. Traditions, customs and lifestyles prevailing in different parts of the country were captured in the programme's various segments. Our team of producers traveled across Pakistan, from Pishin to Nowshera, and from Quetta to Mithi (Balouchistan), covering a number of public forums, and capturing stories which are truly representative of our own country and the issues.

Another highlight of the programme, and indeed the team, was their proficiency at working in different capacities. The team successfully handled the many different aspects of broadcast journalism from concept creation to scriptwriting, presenting, research, editing and the handling of all technical features.

The producers came from diverse backgrounds and had considerable experience in journalism from which there was much to be learnt and shared. Vast and generalized topics like poverty, peace and justice were narrowed down into concrete stories and issues. While the team was meticulous in their research and analysis, no feature, story, discussion or interview was considered complete without a human-interest angle, making for a well-rounded study of the issue at hand. The programme made use of different segments, namely, interviews, features, discussions and vox-pops (public voices) to provide a developmental perspective to issues that aim at information-dissemination and empowerment of women.

Despite the challenges of working in the field (particularly regarding programmes dealing with the brothel-houses in Lahore or human trafficking in the South of the country) as well as the various constraints faced by women journalists. The team came up with programmes that were novel in their concepts and thoroughly professional in their handling of sensitive issues.