ISLAMABAD - Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Thursday urged the media to play an effective role to counter the anti-CPEC (China Pakistan Economic Corridor) propaganda of the enemies.

Addressing the signing ceremony of memorandums of understanding (MoUs) by the Chinese news agency Xinhua with local media houses, she emphasised on strengthening of media cooperation and coordination for countering negative propaganda against the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) of which CPEC was a key component.  She said that it was not possible to defeat the enemies designs against CPEC without the help of media.

Any negative story could harm the CPEC project and shake the confidence of investors, she said.

So, a responsible role of the media, being a true Ambassador of Pakistan for the success of CPEC was very important, she added. Dr Firdous said that the MoUs signed by the Chinese news agency would help increase the cooperation between the Chinese and Pakistani media.

The two countries media collaboration was must for the successful implementation of the CPEC project, she added. Xinhua, which was already providing its services in 12 languages, had recently introduced its Urdu Service which was highly appreciable.

“It is heartening to note that Xinhua has active collaboration/subscription service with over 20 media houses in Pakistan, including Jang Group, Nawa-i-Waqt, Associated Press of Pakistan (APP), Independent News Pakistan (INP), Express, Daily Times, Hum News, Pakistan Today, etc.” She said that Xinhua had already proved its role in portraying positive image of Pakistan internationally.

On average it published over 1,400 positive stories about Pakistan annually, she said. She said that Xinhua was actively engaged in dissemination of news from Pakistan for last over 60 years.  It had significant contribution in promoting China-Pakistan friendship and bilateral relations, she added.