ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) said in a press statement that it was unfortunate that when everyone across the country was observing Eidul Azha with great enthusiasm and zeal, a majority of media persons are still not paid their salaries for months together and their other legitimate rights were being violated.
It pointed out that the wages of media-related employees were not paid in outlets such as ARY, Royal, NewsOne, Vibz, Din, Waqt,Channel 5, Wash, Dharti, Rohi, Punjab, Din, Star Asia, City-42,DMD Digital, FM-103, Daily Din, Pakistan, Jinnah, Khabrain, The Post, Mukadama, Ausaf, Jinnah, Daily Aaj Kal, Daily Times, Daily Leader, Daily Khabrain, Daily Kainat, Daily Balochistan Times, Daily Tamir-e-Sindh, Daily Nousjj, Karachi, Daily Such, Karachi, Daily Nawai Sindh, Daily Dafah Karachi, Daily Larkana Times, Daily Dawate Amal, Daily Muslim, Peshawar, Daily Taraqi, Quetta, Daily Sadai Potohar, Daily Janbaz and Daily Sada-e- Pakistan,Bahawalpur.
“Most have not paid salaries to their workers for four to six months together,” the PFUJ added.
It pointed out that in Rohi TV, ARY, News-One, Royal TV, Business Plus TV, Punjab TV, City-42, Star Asia TV, Daily Aaj Kal, Daily Times, Daily Post, Daily Jinnah, Business Day, Daily Ausaf, Daily Nawa-i-Waqt, The National, The Post more than 850 employees have been sacked during the last 180 days on the pretext of a “financial crunch”.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 17th, 2010.