January 08, 2020
LAHORE—Salim Bokhari (pictured), Editor of The Nation and his entire newsroom staff, resigned on Wednesday in protest over ten months of unpaid wages.
The resignations went to show the state of Pakistani media, that has seen wholesale layoffs, salary cuts, closure of news outlets, and wage delays in the last two years.
Bokhari, who joined The Nation in November 2010, is a journalism veteran with over 40 years of experience.
The paper he edited is part of the Waqt Media Group that abruptly shut down its television channel Waqt News in October 2018 and sacked all staff.
Among those who resigned were some long-serving employees, including the chief news editor.
The situation at the group’s Urdu language Nawa-i-Waqt is also grim for the staff.
Photo courtesy: The Nation
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