Resolving media industry problems govt’s top priority: Shibli Faraz
ISLAMABAD: Minister for Information and Broadcasting Senator Shibli Faraz Monday said resolving the problems of journalists and media workers was the top priority of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government as it firmly believed in the fundamental right of freedom of expression .
During a meeting with office-bearers of the Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors (CPNE) through video link, the minister said the payment of outstanding dues to the media houses was being started, which would provide relief to the media industry and workers. The payment of dues would be linked to the payment of salaries to the journalists and media workers by the media houses.
The government was planning to evolve a mechanism so that the media workers should not face such problems in future with timely payment of their dues, he added.
The minister said the quota of government advertisements for regional newspapers was imperative as many eminent journalists had emerged from small newspapers.
The minister said transparency would be ensured in the affairs of Audit Bureau of Circulation (ABC). He also assured that the problems of news agencies would be resolved.
He said another meeting with the CPNE would be held after Eidul Fitr to decide the matters with consensus. During the meeting, the CPNE delegation briefed the Information Minister on the issues related to the media industry. – APP