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Closure of The Nation, a great loss to journalists’ fraternity

KARACHI: G. M. Jamali, President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem, President PUJ Shehzad Butt, Lahore Press Club’s President Arshad Ansari and Secretary Babar Dogar, General Secretary of PUJ Ashraf Majeed, President EMRA Asif Butt and General Secretary Saleem Shaikh have jointly termed closure of English daily The Nation a great loss to the journalists’ fraternity.

They have stated that The Nation was an organization that held special significance for Pakistan. Earlier the very organization had closed TV channel rendering hundreds of workers jobless. Now by transforming The Nation into a dummy newspaper more workers had been shown the door.

They maintained that the closure had harmed an enormous organization and Late Majeed Nizami himself. Accusing the Government and Rameeza Majid Nizami for the closure they held that shutting down of two organizations within a span of one year was a moment of thought.

Noting while all the expenses of the owners were met, Media Workers were forced to starve, they said this state of affairs were unacceptable. They urged NAB and other relevant regulators to close such Media Houses that were consuming money generated by means of dummy Newspapers and Channels.

Calling for the accountability of such characters they stated if they claim that The Nation and Waqt were closed because of causing losses then these organizations should be handed over to the workers who would not only run the newspaper and channel but would make sure that no losses were incurred.

 A relevant piece published earlier:

President PFUJ GM Jamali and Sec. Gen. Rana Azeem urge Media Houses to reinstate sacked employees

12th of January, 2019

KARACHI: President PFUJ GM Jamali & General Secretary Rana Mohammad Azeem, welcoming the Federal Government’s decision to repeal the new Tariff Rate,  have urged Media Houses to restore the sacked employees.

PFUJ has asked Prime Minister Imran Khan and Federal Minister for Information & Broadcasting Fawad Chaudhry to urge Media Houses to reinstate workers who were discharged citing the non-payment of advt. dues and new Tariff.

President PFUJ GM Jamali has demanded the APNS CBA play its relevant role in safeguarding the rights of journalists and other Media workers otherwise PFUJ will have to manifest for their rights.




M M Alam

M. M. Alam is a Pakistan-based working journalist since 1981. Karachi University faculty gold medalist Alam began his career four decades ago by writing for Dawn, Pakistan’s highest circulating English daily. He has worked for region’s leading publications, global aviation periodicals including Rotors (of USA) and vetted New York Times as permanent employee of daily Express Tribune. Alam regularly covers international aviation and defense-related events including Salon Du Bourget (France), Farnborough (United Kingdom), Dubai (UAE). Alam has reported thousands of events and interviewed hundreds of people in Pakistan, UAE, EU, UK and USA. Being Francophone Alam also coordinates with a number of French publications.