Consul General Heath leads journalists on CEJ tour

Karachi – U.S. Consul General Brian Heath led a group of journalists organizations on tour of the Center for Excellence in Journalism (CEJ). The U.S. government provided $4 million to establish the center at Karachi’s Institute of Business Administration

“A free and professional press is a cornerstone of democracy and played a crucial role in America’s history,” said Mr. Heath. “This Center for Excellence in Journalism aims to help journalists gain and improve their skills so they can play their indispensable role in the public discourse of their country.” The CEJ will become the nexus of U.S. government and partner organization efforts to provide training and exchanges for Pakistani journalists to advance a free, dynamic press.

“The CEJ builds journalism networks,” Mr. Heath told the delegates. “The United States is committed to supporting journalists in Pakistan as we firmly believe a free press plays a critical role in helping democracy flourish,” said Mr. Heath.

CEJ Board Chairperson Kamal Siddiqi briefed journalists about the CEJ training courses. Representatives of the Karachi Press Club, Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Karachi Union of the Journalists and Pakistan Media Club participated.

About the CEJ
The CEJ is an initiative for the professional development, training, and networking of Pakistani journalists and media professionals. The CEJ is a joint project of the International Center for Journalists (ICFJ), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), and Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. The Center, based at IBA’s City Campus in Karachi, offers online and in-person training modules for journalists and media professionals from all parts of Pakistan. Faculty from the Medill School of Journalism, ICFJ trainers, and eminent local journalists conduct hands-on, skills-based courses geared toward meeting the needs of Pakistani newsrooms.

For more information and updates on upcoming training sessions, please visit its website at , or follow CEJ on Facebook: and Twitter @CEJatIBA, or email