Amid escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, senior scribes from both neighbouring countries are calling for saner voices to prevail over hawkish rhetoric and have called on the mainstream media to stop peddling jingoistic propaganda.
"The forum took a serious note of the high emotional outpouring and war-mongering on both sides further giving rise to fundamentalists and extremists elements," said a resolution passed by the PIPFPD led by senior Pakistani journalist I A Rehman.
Rehman has been at the forefront of Pakistani media efforts to subvert hardline elements taking over the media discourse in the country. The resolution calls the current situation an "unfortunate reality."
"In the current circumstances, peace activists are threatened and space for people to people dialogue is highly squeezed," the Rehman-led body said.
The Indian side has expressed its regret for the fact that the media, particularly satellite channels, are pushing for war and extreme nationalism.
"High pitched anchors and non-objective reporting by some section of the media especially the television anchors are taking a toll on the situation and we have called for this practise to stop," S K Pande, the president of Delhi Union of Journalists (DUJ), told Sputnik.
India and Pakistan have long had rocky relations, but the situation worsened after a terror attack on Indian security personnel on 14 February when a suicide bomber, driving an explosive-laden vehicle, rammed into an Indian paramilitary convoy, killing over 40 soldiers.
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