Shafqat Munir

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Mr. Shafqat Munir was born in District Khanewal of Southern part of Punjab in 1962, Shafqat has long been an ardent human and civil rights activist. As a student during the military regime of the 1980s, Shafqat was an active member of the National Student’s Federation and protested the ban on student unions. He wrote revolutionary poems motivating students challenge the dictatorship, and wrote and distributed pamphlets against the discriminatory policies of the regime. Shafqat began to work in the media in the late 1980s, just after military rule and following years of rampant censorship that restricted freedom of expression. Drawn since childhood to the causes of neglected and oppressed people, Shafqat worked with News International, one of the most circulated and respected English language newspapers in Pakistan. He worked with a team of journalists for six years; educating them about social issues, and in 1994, established JDHR. Shafqat has rich background as a media practitioner and academic. He has worked with state run radio, television, and print media. He is a member of the Faculty of the Department of Mass Communications at the University of Arid Agriculture, and the National Institute of Pakistan Studies at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad. Shafqat has worked with Pakistan Television, Dutch Television Vaandag2, and Japan’s Fuji Television. He has covered many of the most historically significant events of South Asia, including the last days of the Taliban regime in Afghanistan, the 2004 tsunami, and the devastating earthquake of 2005. Shafqat did his Master’s in Political Science and earned a Post-Graduate Diploma in Journalism from Islamia University Bahawalpur. He is working on a PhD at Quaid-e-Azam University Islamabad, with a dissertation on the “Portrayal of Vulnerable Segment of Pakistani Society in Print Media”. Shafqat is accredited with the Press Information Department of the Government of Pakistan as a freelance journalist, and contributes reports, columns, and op-ed pieces to The News and other publications. Due to his long history and active participation in media, he is considered a respected journalist and has number of journalist friends and students in and outside Pakistan. Shafqat is a prolific writer and his articles and papers are published in leading newspapers, magazines, and research journals internationally and in Pakistan on socioeconomic development, human rights, peace, and sustainable development.

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