June 04, 2020
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has constituted a 'Fact-Finding Committee' comprising senior journalists to identify reasons behind the media crisis since May 2017.
A press release said the committee headed by senior journalist Mubarak Zeb Khan would deal with a wide range of issues, including employees' wages downsizing, rightsizing, government and private advertisements, and finding the reasons for the crisis from May 2017 to May 2020.
"The committee would compile data on la-offs in media organizations in each province, collect data on delays in payment of wages; identify reasons for shutting down of TV channels, newspapers, magazines and periodicals and look into the advertising policy of the government and advertising budgets,” PFUJ said.
Journalists including Zulfiqar Ali Metho, Qama Bhatti, Ahmed Khan Malik, Faheem Siddiqui, Waseem Ahmad Shah, Abdul Quddus, Ayub Tareen, Mehtab Haider, and Shahbaz Rana are the committee members.
Shahzada Zulfiqar, President PFUJ, and Nasir Zaidi, Secretary-General in a joint statement, requested all unions of journalists to cooperate in identifying the reasons in the better interest of the media industry.
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