Pathshala 20 years

The Chobi Mela team after the last lecture 6 March.

Pathshala South Asian Media Institute in Bangladesh was started 18 December 1998. The 20 years anniversary was celebrated in Dhaka 2 March with Pathshala Day.

Around 5000 students have been trained in photography during these years. The school is now an institute of Dhaka University. A new building is under construction to house all the activities.

Partner schools from India, Australia, Germany, Denmark and Norway came to  Bangladesh for Pathshala Day. They participated also in Chobi Mela, the international festival of photography held in Dhaka for the tenth time from 28 February until 9 March.

Representatives from World Press Photo and the photo agencies Magnum Photos and VII Photo Agency as well as from Nepal were also present, together with many students, former students and all kinds of supporters.

The Photojournalism programme at OsloMet has cooperated with Pathshala for almost 20 years.


Shahidul Alam started Pathshala 20 years ago.
Exhibitions in the new building under construction.

Conferences in Islamabad

Media and Conflict

Rune Ottosen and Elisabeth Eide at Bahria University
Rune Ottosen and Elisabeth Eide at Bahria University

Rune Ottosen and Elisabeth Eide have lectured and participated in the International Conference on Media and Conflict (ICMC), invited by the Pakistan Peace Collective, held at Bahria University in Islamabad. The two day conference 26 and 27 February was inaugurated by the President of Pakistan, Dr. Arif ur Rehman Alvi, and three other federal ministers also visited the conference, which could not have been more timely, considering the tense situation between Pakistan and neighbouring India. Several prominent scholars and journalists spoke on the occasion, among them Mr. Zafar Abbas, editor of Dawn newspaper, reporter Hamid Mir (Geo News), and Ms. Quatrina Hosein (PPC collective). Mr. Iqbal Lala from Mardan, father of journalism student Mashal Khan at Abdul Wali Khan University Mardan, who was brutally murdered on 13 April 2017 after fake allegations of posting blasphemous content online, received a particularly warm welcome by the audience. Among the themes were Peace journalism; Media coverage of terrorist attacks; Media perspectives on religious violence; Minority, violence and media; Psychological effects of conflict reporting; Social media and hate speech; Fake news and hybrid warfare. The conference was covered by several media, including PTV.

AMCAP conference

Participants at the AMCAP conference
Participants at the AMCAP conference

The Association of Media And Communication Academics and Professionals (AMCAP) held its fourth conference in Islamabad on 28 February. Professors Rune Ottosen and Elisabeth Eide were invited as keynote speakers at this occasion, hosted by SZABIST University in Islamabad. The participants were warmly welcomed by Head of Campus Dr. Khusro Pervaiz Khan and by Begum Shahnaz Wazir Ali, President of Szabist University and former Minister of State of Education. Appr. 50 research papers were presented and commented by a wide range of academics as well as students. Ottosen lectured about the need for education in war and peace journalism, while Eide emphasized the need to take education in environment and climate change journalism seriously. The conference thanked Dr. Bushra Rehman, President of AMCAP, and Vice President Abida Ashraf for their professional and continuous efforts promoting the association and making the conference a success.

Safety Training in Lahore

In collaboration with Forman Christian College (A Chartered University) JMIC has conducted a safety training course for appr. 30 journalists, headed by our experienced lead trainer Abeer Saady, assisted by Atta Ansari, board member of JMIC and professor Altaf Khan at FC College. Evaluations were very good, praising the course leadership for dynamic and inspirational course conduction.


Publication by this year’s Ossietzky Award winner Ahmedur ‘Tutul’ Chowdury, ICORN resident writer in Norway, originally from Bangladesh.

Here with its 11th issue: Shuddhashar has grown to include new writers and new topics. We firmly believe that reading, writing and thinking work well together,  and we hope that you find thought-provoking and informative articles in this issue.

We also eagerly wait for your contribution!  Please reach out to us.

Transnational climate journalism

In co-operation with the NGO Datamation Foundation and the MediaClimate network, JMIC/OsloMet held a three day workshop in Delhi planning for transnational co-operation in education and research on climate journalism. Participants from Australia, Bangladesh, Finland, Germany, India, Indonesia, Japan, Norway, Sri Lanka, Turkey, UK and Uganda were present, several more via skype, al recognizing that climate change is one of the world’s major challenges.

The future aim is to create a digital resource bank sharing research articles/initiatives, educational resources and important journalistic work within the field of climate change.

Moroccan documentaries

Anne Hege Simonsen with the two winners and the jury in Rabat

Anne Hege Simonsen, the head of the JMIC board, was part of a jury judging short documentaries in Morocco this week.

The screening took place is Institut Supériur de l´Information et de la Communication (ISIC) in Rabat.

She also held a Master class for ISIC students enrolled in the Migration and Media Masters.