According to a press release by U.S. Consulate General, the equipment was donated to support Karachi-based journalists in their day-to-day reporting.
U.S. Consul General Brian Heath said that the media plays a very important role in a free society.
“Journalists in Pakistan face challenging and dangerous conditions. That is why I wanted to come here today to express my gratitude and appreciation for all of your hard work and dedication”, Heath said.
Heath added that the U.S. government has worked with many Pakistani journalists through its journalism exchange and training programs and is investing $4 million to fund the establishment of the Center for Excellence in Journalism at Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
“The Center is dedicated to providing journalism training to support the professional development of Pakistan’s journalists”, the U.S. Consul General added.
According to the press release, the U.S. government sent journalists from two pivate television channels to the United States for several weeks to cover U.S. news stories. In addition, the U.S. government paid for 11 Pakistani media professionals from Sindh and Balochistan to travel to the United States to participate in journalism programs on Internet freedom, human rights, security and safety, and social responsibility.
The release also stated that the U.S. Consul General also met with Karachi Press Club President Fazil Jamili and board members.