ISLAMABAD, Dec 20 (APP):Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain on Thursday
said that it was clear direction of Prime Minister Imran Khan that issues faced by
journalists should be resolved on priority basis.Addressing protesting journalists here in front of Parliament House, the minister
said that government would extend its all possible support to journalists. He said that
all of pending dues of media organizations which accumulated during the previous
governments and were used for campaign against Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) sit-in should
have been paid in the past.
He said that government had assured that 50 per cent of dues would be
released to the media organizations, adding despite the assurance and start of payments
the sackings of journalists were continuing.
He said that the government was client of advertising agencies and it was not the source of
problems for the journalists.
The minister assured the journalists that he would discuss their issues with Principal Information Officer and Secretary Information.
The minister said media workers were asset of the society and the government wanted to help
them out.
He also asked protesting journalists to provide list of journalists terminated from
jobs by various media organizations.
The protest was organized by media organizations PFUJ, RIUJ, APNEC, MWO against downsizing
in different media houses and job insecurity.