Media Release: Pakistan November 11, 2008
Media Workers Deserve Long-Overdue Pay Rise, says IFJ
International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins journalists and media workers in Pakistan in calling on Pakistan’s Government to honour a
commitment made by President Asif Zardari in March to ensure implementation of
wage rises for newspaper employees which have been stalled since 2001.
Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, and the All
Pakistan Newspapers Employees’ Confederation (APNEC) called this week for
journalists and media workers to join rallies across the country on November 26
to pressure media owners to implement the 7th Wage Award, constituted under the
Pakistan Working Journalists’ Act, and to urge the Government to constitute an 8th
Wage Board, which is overdue by two years.
Pakistan’s National Assembly, Senate and all
four provincial assemblies have unanimously passed resolutions in support of
the wage award for newspaper employees.
media bosses continue to renege on their legal obligation to grant pay rises to
“It is appalling that Pakistan’s media employers have
refused for so long to grant legally endorsed pay rises to their staff especially
as the same staff are often required to report in extremely dangerous
conditions and on issues which can put them at great risk,”
IFJ-Asia Pacific said.
“It is time for the Government to act to ensure employers
show due respect for the hard work of journalists and media workers by granting
their wage increases as required by law.”
Pakistan’s two leading bodies representing
newspaper employees will also observe November 12 as a day of protest against
the killing of journalist Qari Mohammad Shoaib in Swat valley, north-west Pakistan, on
Shoaib, 32, a reporter for Azadi and Khabar Kar, was
shot dead in Mingora by security forces. Reports
indicate he was fired on directly when he did not stop his vehicle when
signalled to do so. The PFUJ said there was no justification for the shooting
of Shoaib, while the security forces admitted that he was killed “by
IFJ joins the PFUJ and APNEC in calling on authorities to suspend immediately the
officials involved in Shoaib’s killing, and to establish an independent inquiry
and ensure those responsible are brought to justice.
is the third journalist to be killed in the conflict-ridden region this year. In
late August, Abdul Aziz was murdered during an attack by Pakistan forces
on a Taliban hideout in Swat, where he was being held hostage. In May, Mohammad
Ibrahim was killed by unknown militants in Bajaur, in the Federally Administered Tribal Area
north of Swat.
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