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Removal of Rohi TV staff condemned.

ISLAMABAD, December 13, 2009 (Frontier Star): The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has condemned the Rohi TV management for sacking its two dozen employees whiteout any rhyme or reason on the pretext of economy drive and demanded their immediate reinstatement. In a statement here on Sunday, the PFUJ pointed out that it had became a common practice in the electronic media that for getting licences from the Pemra, they claim to have extraordinary good financial health, fully equipped with all modern equipment and most competent professional staff, but all of sudden they take a U-turn and resort economy drive on the pretext of constant financial losses. The PFUJ contended that it was the duty of Pemra to monitor the day-to-day activities of the electronic media organisations so as to protect interests of the staff. The PFUJ regretted that immediately after successfully getting advertisements from both pubic sector and private sector on the basis of restless professional contribution of the staff, the media owners revert back to retrenchments only for their for more money and maximum profitability. First the media owners with bad intention attract professionals for assignments in attractive packages forcing them to give up their jobs and join them and immediately after making ground in the field, they blackmail media persons, and ask them to work on low wages or leave their jobs, the PFUJ asserted. Such malpractices are going on unchecked in almost all media houses, which is alarming, and most distributing aspect is that at present electronic media personal have no job protection under any law, including the labour laws, even they are not covered under the Newspaper Employees (Conditions of Service) Act 1973. It is high time that bodies like Pemra and Federal government take notice of such nasty activities of media owners and ensure job security to electronic media persons, the PFUJ argued. The PFUJ demanded immediate reinstatement of all the sacked employees of the Rohi TV and assured that the PFUJ would raise its voice before all forums for their reinstatement.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Date:Dec 13, 2009
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