Emphasis on Shibli Faraz and Asim Bajwa to improve government-media relations
Karachi: All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE)
The appointment of Shibli Faraz as Information Minister and Lieutenant General (retd) Asim Saleem Bajwa as Special Assistant for Information is welcomed.
In a statement, APNS President Hameed Haroon and Secretary General Sarmad Ali congratulated Senator Shibli Faraz and General (retd) Asim Bajwa.
He hoped that the new federal media team would try to address the problems facing the newspaper industry and improve relations with the central media.
APNS officials pointed out that the newspaper industry was facing major financial difficulties due to the sharp decline in advertisements by both the federal government and the private sector and non-payment of dues by the federal and provincial governments. ۔
Hameed Haroon and Sarmad Ali said that the COVID 19 epidemics have badly affected media institutions financially.
He said that APNS has repeatedly requested the government to approve a support package for print media, which may include an increase in the number of advertisements, increase in the number of advertisements, and payment of dues.
In the statement, APNS assured full support to Shibli Faraz and Asim Bajwa in achieving their goals.
In a separate statement, CPNE President Arif Nizami and Secretary General Dr. Jabbar Khattak said the media industry was struggling to survive due to restrictions on freedom of expression and a dangerous drop in revenue.
CPNE hopes that the Ministry of Information will play an important role in resolving the problems of the industry by taking all the new stakeholders into confidence.
Arif Nizami and Jabbar Khattak urged the new Information Minister and Special Assistant to ensure that all arrears of media houses and salaries of employees are cleared as soon as possible.