October 12, 2018
ISLAMABAD – The Electronic Media Producers Association (EMPRA) has threatened to protest if the producers laid off at different TV channels in the name of downsizing are not reinstated by October 15.
The association said in a statement on Friday that the television channels also must pay off the outstanding salaries delayed for months.
Producers at BOL, NEO and ARY, were reportedly sacked.
EMPRA warned that if the media houses did not meet their demands it would join hands with the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Lahore Press Club, and other journalist bodies to begin protests.
Meanwhile, the Lahore Press Club has condemned the terminations of journalists by various media houses.
President Azam Chaudhry, Senior Vice President Mujtaba Bajwa, Vice President Shakeel Saeed, Secretary Abdul Majeed Sajid, and other office-bearers said the sudden sackings were not acceptable.
They urged the owners of news organizations to reinstate the journalists and refrain from doing so in future.
The office-bearers threatened to start countrywide protests if the owners did not immediately reinstate their sacked colleagues.
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