June 18, 2022
KARACHI—The All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) has requested Prime Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif to review and withdraw the decision to discontinue the purchase of newspapers for federal government offices.
In a statement, the APNS expressed its profound concern on a news item stating that the federal government, as part of austerity measures, has decided to discontinue the purchase of newspapers and magazines for the offices of the federal government ministries, departments, autonomous and semi-autonomous bodies.
According to Sarmad Ali, President, and Nazafreen Saigol Lakhani, Secretary-General of the APNS, the decision has sounded a death knell for the newspaper industry struggling for survival in the current bleak economic environment. "It was an ill-advised, as well as a true description of a penny-wise pound-foolish, measure."
The APNS further stated that the decision, if implemented, would have a devastating impact on the liquidity conditions of the already crisis-ridden newspaper industry and would poorly reflect on the relations between the present unity government and the media.
"It would only save some peanuts but would be highly counterproductive for press-government relations and survival of print media," the statement said.
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