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  • Arrears value Rs6 billion are pending with the federal government, says PFUJ’s FEC assembly
  • 8,000 media employees have misplaced their jobs as a result of authorities’s “anti-media policies”
  • FEC assembly concludes that 4 main obstacles are inflicting issues for media employees

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) stated Tuesday that it’s “evident” that the federal government has a “hidden agenda” to crush freedom of the press within the nation.

In response to a press release issued by PFUJ, the Federal Govt Council (FEC) assembly recognized 4 components that have been inflicting issues for the nation’s media employees:

  1. Increasing retrenchments, non-payment, delayed fee or lower in salaries of employees,
  2. Diminishing press freedoms
  3. Intensifying censorship and press recommendation
  4. Rising unholy collaboration between media homeowners and authorities actors in depriving media employees of their rights

“There is a hidden agenda of [the] government to optimally destroy press freedom and crush media workers’ rights in Pakistan in complicity with the media owners through economic strangulation and financial arm-twisting of journalists and crushing of enabling environment for media to flourish,” the assertion stated.

Highlighting the plight of journalists, the FEC famous that as many as 8,000 media employees had misplaced their jobs as a result of authorities’s “anti-media policies”.

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It stated that the insurance policies have been being applied by means of the homeowners of media homes — who are actually touting and implementing this coverage for their very own monetary and financial beneficial properties.

The assembly stated that the media outlet homeowners have been ignoring the fundamental mission of journalism and freedom of speech assured in Article 19 of the Structure.

The FEC expressed anger and anguish over the “deliberate inability” of the PTI management to stop the federal and provincial governments of Punjab, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and Balochistan from devising and implementing anti-media insurance policies.

The council “heavily criticised” the federal government for permitting and even forcing media regulators together with Pakistan Digital Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Pakistan Press Council (PCP), and Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA) “to exceed their mandates and use coercive means to hound journalists and pressurise media houses to crush freedom of expression and professional journalism”.

Shedding extra mild on the federal government’s insurance policies, it stated that that the steps taken to slash commercial and uproot “traditional and successful media economic landscape” had led to a number of journalists shedding their jobs.

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The FEC condemned the federal government’s use of the Prevention of Digital Crimes Act (PECA) to focus on each journalists and residents of their pursuit of dependable info {and professional} journalism as a way of increasing the online of censorship.

The assembly warned of significant repercussions in opposition to the federal government’s anti-media insurance policies and demanded an instantaneous and full reversal of such insurance policies for safeguarding press freedom, freedom of expression, and proper to info in order that Pakistan returns to the fold of thriving democracies.

The assembly took up the difficulty of accelerating instances of trolling of journalists, TV anchors, and significantly ladies journalists with severe considerations, by troll brigades designed to cut back the house for press freedom.

The FEC referred to as upon the parliament and the judiciary to step in and carry out their obligations of safeguarding freedom of press. “Without free media, neither the parliament nor judiciary will be able to function for long,” it reminded the 2 nook stones of democracy.

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The FEC assembly contended that arrears value Rs6 billion have been pending with the federal government that was an impediment within the revival of the business.

Taking sturdy exception to the worsening disaster of the media business, FEC introduced a protracted march within the first week of April from Quetta to Islamabad to pressure the federal government and the media homeowners to fulfil their authorized obligations in the direction of the media employees.

The FEC reminded the federal government that PFUJ, APNS, and PBA have all agreed that these dues can be utilised for the clearance of the salaries of journalists and media employees.

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