Mass Sacking At Nawa-I-Waqt Media Group In Pakistan

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is

deeply disturbed over reports of a mass retrenchment by the Nawa-i-Waqt media

group in Pakistan.

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), an IFJ affiliate, has

reported that an estimated 170 journalists and media workers have in recent

weeks lost their jobs in the news organisation.


At a

recent meeting in Pakistan’s

national capital of Islamabad,

the Federal Executive Council, the highest deliberative body of the PFUJ,

sharply condemned the move by the Nawa-i-Waqt management, which had built its reputation

and its fortunes on the back of the tireless and dedicated work of its staff

over many decades.



Nawa-I-Waqt group publishes an Urdu daily of the same name, and an English

language daily The Nation.  The group has a strong presence in the

magazine sector and owns the Waqt TV news channel. The 170 media persons to be retrenched by the news organisation were

employed across the group’s various operations and were concentrated in the

major centres of Karachi, Lahore,

Islamabad, Rawalpindi,

and Multan.



grounds for the mass retrenchment, according to the PFUJ, are unconvincing.

Some of the personnel have been told, falsely, that they have attained the age

of superannuation, while the affected staff of the Waqt TV channel have been

given the alibi of mounting operational losses.



informs the IFJ that the retrenchments violated the mandatory requirements of

fair process in terms of notice period and appropriate levels of compensation.


“The IFJ

deplores this latest manifestation of unfair labour practices in the Pakistan media

sector,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director

Jacqueline Park.



insecurity has been a malaise for Pakistan’s journalists for most of

the past decade, with estimates of 1,500 staff members losing their jobs since



“We extend

our support and solidarity to the PFUJ in their effort to highlight the growing

threats to professional security. We fully share our affiliate’s concern that

media freedom itself is endangered by the tendency for media organisations to

make journalists the first targets in situations of economic downturn”.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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