SAARC journalists’ summit begins today
The fourth SAARC journalists’ summit, the largest gathering of
journalists in the region will be inaugurated at the Trans Asia Hotel in
A SAARC delegate reads the Daily News during the SAARC
deliberations at the BMICH yesterday.
Picture by Ranjith Jayaweera
Over 175 journalists from the eight SAARC nations, Sri Lanka, India,
Pakistan, Maldives, Bhutan, Nepal, Bangladesh and Afghanistan are
expected to attend this media forum.
This year’s theme is ‘Freedom of Media in Conflict Situations’.
The two day regional gathering organised by the South Asian Free
Media Association (SAFMA), an affiliate body of the SAARC Secretariat,
is held annually in conjunction with the 15th SAARC Heads of State
The Forum includes a plenary session, where the delegates will
discuss the country situation under the theme ‘Access to and free flow
of information’. Each country will be given an opportunity to present
The journalists’ summit declaration will be read out at the
conclusion by SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam.