Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Radio Deradicalization Campaign Broadcasts in Pakistan

Radio is one of the most widely used forms of mass communication in Pakistan. A new program is using the incredible potential of this medium as a way to foster non-violence and tolerance within society.

The Pak Institute for Peace Studies (PIPS) and the Radical Middle Way (RMW), a UK-based organization, set on air an FM Radio Deradicalization Campaign in Pakistan in national and regional languages on 1st March 2011. The PIPS has collaborated with the RMW to produce and disseminate this campaign as part of its Deradicalization Plan (2007-13). The purpose is to counter the extremist ideologies at societal level by creating awareness among the people about Islamic messages of peace, tolerance, religious harmony, peaceful co-existence and social welfare.

This campaign, which is totally non-political and non-sectarian in its content and objectives, includes 36 programs in Urdu, Punjabi, Pashtu and Potohari languages which are classified into following four themes: Talk shows series; Radio drama series; Radio feature packages; and Lectures. The campaign is currently being broadcasted, at its first stage, in major cities of Punjab and Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa by leading local FM radio outlets.

Recordings of the selected programs will be soon placed at Pak Institute for Peace Studies’ website www.san-pips.com.

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