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Former federal information minister Javed Jabbar on Wednesday said that the print media is changing from being a source of facts to opinions.

He said while addressing the ceremony of “Excellence in Journalism Awards 2017” that the media is doing a good job and playing its vital part in the society but it will have to walk without commercialisation.

The awards ceremony was organised by the Centre for Communication Programmes Pakistan (CCPP) and the Centre for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ-IBA) in partnership with Palladium Pakistan at Institute of Business Administration (IBA) to promote and recognise specialised reporting in Pakistan.

Twelve reporters from across Pakistan were acknowledged at the ceremony for their work on rights-based stories.

Earlier, CEJ-IBA Director Kamal Siddiqi, IBA Dean and Director Dr Farrukh Iqbal and others also addressed the award ceremony.

Those who won the awards include Amina Shaheen (Geo TV), Shayan Saleem (Samaa TV), Shumaila Jaffery (BBC), Yousaf Ajab Baloch (Balochistan Point), Bilal Karim Mughal and Saher Baloch (Dawn.com), Atika Rehman, Fahad Naveed and Munnazzah Raza (Dawn.com), Mohammad Atif Sheikh (Freelance), Syed Sajjad Kazmi (Daily Dunya), Fariha Fatima (ARY News), Nisar Ahmed Khan (DawnNews), Islam Gul Afridi (Daily Akhbar E Khyber), and Amjad Ali (Daily Islab).

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