Journalists working from various media organisations and journalists’ representative bodies welcomed the landmark court decree against Dunya News and termed it a “gift” on World Press Freedom Day.
A Lahore court decreed against Dunya News TV channel and its proprietor for violating a contract signed with former Director News Absar Alam and ordered the channel and its management to immediately pay off his dues with interest and also give Alam his due income tax payment certificate.
In its decision, the court of Civil Judge Syed Faheem Shahid, also dismissed a claim of Rs222 million filed against Alam.
In addition to payment of outstanding dues, the court has also ordered to pay Absar Alam additional amount equivalent to 14% of the total dues as compensation. The court also declared Dunya management’s denial to pay a journalist’s dues as “malafide.”
President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists, Pervez Shaukat welcomed the decision and said it would be a milestone in the history of journalists’ struggle in electronic as well as print media.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 4th, 2012.