November 06, 2018
LAHORE - A Joint Action Committee of journalists has announced a protest on November 8 after Dunya News CEO Mian Amir Mehmood did not honor his promise of reinstating terminated employees.
In a statement, Convener Azam Chaudhry regretted that although the official had agreed to bring back staff laid off in talks held with him on October 30, he had not done so.
Mehmood had also accepted the action committee’s request of not laying off any more staff, and not to cut pays of employees drawing up to Rs100,000 a month.
The statement said that since the talks, pay cuts had continued.
Mehmood is also the chairman of Pakistan Broadcasters Association.
The action committee has now decided to demonstrate on November 8, starting at 3:00 pm. According to plan, the protesters will march to the Dunya News offices from the Lahore Press Club. They will then stage a sit-in in front of the channel’s offices.
The committee has also announced similar protests outside the offices of other news organizations that have terminated employees or are still continuing to do so.
The journalists were to hold a protest on October 29 but called it off after an offer of talks by Dunya News management.
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