Journalists Kick Off Inaugural Pakistan-U.S. Exchange

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HONOLULU (April 11, 2011) -- Participants in the East-West Center’s inaugural Pakistan-U.S. Journalists Exchange began their fellowship in Honolulu last week with lively discussions on the complex U.S.-Pakistan relationship and issues facing the media in both countries. Over the weekend, the Pakistani participants left for their tour to Washington, D.C., New York City, and Columbia, Missouri, while the Americans departed for Islamabad and Lahore, Pakistan. Follow the East-West Center’s Facebook and Twitter accounts for posts and news articles from the participants. Journalists from the program will meet again in Honolulu to discuss their travel findings, and will be participating in a public panel discussion on U.S. engagement in Pakistan on April 21. The participants in the fellowship are: Pakistan

  • Syed Wiqas Ahmad , Khyber TV Channel, Peshawar
  • Amir Latif Arain , Online News Network, Karachi
  • Malik Arshad Aziz , Daily Aaj , Peshawar 
  • Muhammad Ejaz Khan , Geo TV/ The News International , Quetta
  • Muhammad Aftab Qureshi , Associated Press of Pakistan, Islamabad
  • Henna Saeed , Dawn News TV, Lahore
  • Mehmal Sarfraz , Daily Times , and Joint Secretary of South Asian Women in Media, Lahore
  • Kamal Siddiqi , The Express Tribune , Karachi

United States 

  • Christopher Beam , Slate Magazine, Washington, DC
  • Karen Fragala -Smith , Newsweek Magazine, New York City
  • Gina Kim , The Sacramento Bee , Sacramento, California
  • Eric Owles , The New York Times , New York City
  • Bigad Shaban , WVUE-TV (Fox affiliate), New Orleans, Louisiana