ISLAMABAD: A cameraman of a private news channel has died of cardiac arrest after being fired from his job.
Capital TV cameraman Fayyaz Ali, resident of Islamabad, was already under severe mental and financial pressure as he was not paid salary for last 10 months. On Tuesday night, when he arrived at his home after being fired from the job, he felt chest pain and soon after that he stopped breathing.
He had continuously been working pinning hope to his organization that it would release his salary the next month, which never arrived.
Capital TV is reportedly owned by a close relative of former advisor to the Chief Minister of Sindh Sharmila Farooqi.
Pakistani media workers are encountering stark financial crisis since the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government came into power. Media moguls have found an excuse for sacking media persons and cutting their salary in the name of generating lower profit than they earlier extracted from hard work of the employees. When media workers try to raise their voices for the right of timely payment of salaries, they are threatened of losing the job.
Earlier, an employee of a Lahore-based private channel had committed suicide after he was not paid salary for several months. Workers of Public News are also deprived of their salaries for about 10 months.