Senate panel wants journalists’ dues to be cleared by 25th
ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary panel on Tuesday expressed concern over non-payment of salaries to journalists by private media organisations and called for clearing their pending dues by Feb 25.
The Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting, which met here under the chairmanship of Senator Faisal Javed Khan, also directed journalist bodies, including the Parliamentary Reporters Association (PRA), All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), to provide lists of channels and reporters to estimate the pending salaries by the same date.
The chair reiterated the committee’s recommendation that salaries of journalists which have been pending for the past two months should be released within two weeks.
Senator Rehman Malik said the government owed Rs1 billion to the media industry and the same should be released and journalists’ pending salaries should be paid through the information ministry.