PM orders payment of media dues before Eid

Published: May 16, 2019

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday directed the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take measures for the payment of arrears to the print and electronic media organisations before Eid.

Chairing a meeting to discuss the payment of dues to print and electronic media, the prime minister asked the information ministry to hold consultations with the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) and the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) on the subject.

The meeting was attended by Senator Faisal Javed, Special Assistant to PM (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, SAPM on Media Affairs Yousuf Baig Mirza, Punjab Information Minister Syed Sumsam Ali Bukhari and the secretary to the PM, said a PM Office statement.

Starving the press into submission

During the meeting, Awan apprised the prime minister on the issues pertaining to the media industry. The meeting also discussed in detail the matters related to the PBA and APNS.

The prime minister directed Awan to personally monitor the process. He said the government fully believed in the constitutional and fundamental right to freedom of speech. The promotion of free and responsible journalism was inevitable for strengthening democracy, he added.

The prime minister said the government was cognizant of the challenges faced by the people associated with the media industry and that the resolution of those issues was its priority. The prime minister also asked the information ministry to highlight the government’s reforms agenda through the media.

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