By M. Sameer
KARACHI: Working Journalists are playing as a tool for the print and electronic media industry in Pakistan, hiring their skills only to hunt for their vested interests and means to collect money from stakeholders and government.
The poor conditions of number of journalists without salaries and support in the field, while Press Clubs and Journalists’ organizations among Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists and others have also lost their credibility to fight for the rights of workers in media industry.
There is no check and support of government, Unions, Organizations shelter less workers suffering from health, education and other financial issues are common.
Since 20 years in the print and electronic media industry one of Senior Journalist Nazir Siyal who took protest appeal to the Minister for Information & Archives Sindh Syed Nasir Hussain Shah for his salary dues against daily English newspapers Daily Times and The Frontier Post during Iftar dinner to all media journalists at Karachi Press Club.
He was brutally victimized on the occasion by the other media workers and warned he would throw out Press Club because he is not member of said Club or other bodies, so that he should stop protest appeal against media organizations, while Minister for Information assured his matter would be considered.
Mr. Siyal started his career media industry in 90’s with local newspaper and soon joined daily The Nation in district Larkana since and later offered him by Chief Executive and Chief Editor Rehmat Shah Afridi and Jaleel Afridi to join Karachi on 2013, but the owners/authorities avoided to release his salaries regularly.
Later, in September 2016, joined Daily Times offered him salaries for few but Media Times Ltd failed to issue salaries over eight months.
There are number of other working Journalists are also waiting for their salaries but no spport of government and media organization to release their salaries at all, despite of this there is no membership and other facilities have been provided to working media community.
The Journalists’ communities have widely condemned the attitude of organizations failed to meet the salaries of workers and demanded of the government and regulatory authorities to give rights of workers and issue salaries and dues before Eid-ul-Fitr.