December 10, 2020
LAHORE—The management of Dawn on Thursday fired Asha’ar Rehman, the newspaper’s Lahore resident editor, as part of its continuing downsizing.
His sacking was the first from the editorial department in Lahore, after the managers laid off 24 employees in November, including cleaners and security guards.
Insiders tell JournalismPakistan.com that the staff felt uneasy following the editor’s termination and sensed more layoffs in the days ahead.
Rehman had joined Dawn in February 2007 from The News on Sunday, where he worked as an editor. He was on the launch team of The News. Earlier on in his career, he had stints with the Kuwait Times and the Frontier Post.
Dawn also laid off several employees at other centers earlier, prompting protests by the workers’ union and the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ). The paper has also slapped pay cuts.
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