CJP directs media house owners to pay salaries to journalists

  • Justice Nisar says ‘beg or borrow, but pay journalists their salaries’

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Sunday expressed annoyance over non-payment of salaries to the journalists by the owners of the media houses, summoning them before the top court.

During the hearing at the Supreme Court’s Lahore Registry, the two-judge bench, headed by the CJP, summoned media house owners on the issue of non-payment of salaries to their employees.

The chief justice expressed annoyance of not complying with the court’s orders to pay journalists their salaries, directing media house owners to appear before the court in person and provide the bench with an explanation.

Electronic Media Reporters Association President Muhammad Asif Butt appeared before the court and informed that media houses were laying off journalists who were demanding for their salaries to be paid. To this, the chief justice ordered that no journalist will be laid off and media houses which fail to comply with the court orders will be dealt strictly.

“Beg or borrow, but pay the journalists their salaries,” the chief justice remarked.