Islamabad — Saqib Sagheer, a senior reporter of the Daily Jang newspaper in Karachi, was one of the participants of our data journalism training workshop on crime reporting in Islamabad. The training was held under Media Matters for Democracy’s Media for Transparency initiative in December.
Mr. Sagheer recently shared with us stories he published after returning from the training.
He used data compiled and published by the Pak Institute of Peace Studies (PIPS), one of the leading Pakistani non-profit organisation working on the issues of conflict and militancy.
In the first report, Mr. Sagheer led with the percentage decrease in incidents of terrorism in Pakistan in 2019 compared to the previous year. The corresponding decrease in killings associated with these incidents was also mentioned. His story also informed readers that nine out of 10 of these incidents happened in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa or Balochistan altogether. After presenting a breakdown of the statistics, Mr. Sagheer shared the recommendations for policy makers put forth by PIPS to further reduce terrorist incidents.
In another story, Mr. Sagheer presented numbers related to the historical trend of sectarian violence in the country over the past decade. This article suffers from “overcrowding” of numbers. But we hope that Mr. Sagheer would be able to include data visualisations for similar stories in the future to improve readability and clarity.