ISLAMABAD: Ministry of Information and Broadcasting has completed payment of 700 million rupees to media houses as per directives of Prime Minister Imran Khan.
Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhary Fawad Hussain said this in a tweet on Tuesday. He said the outstanding amount had not been paid for a long time.
Fawad Chaudhry said the financial difficulties of media workers had been reduced and media houses had also received protection after this payment.
He said it would be an injustice now if media houses did not pay salaries of media workers.
On May 31, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) had rejected the Media Development Authority Bill, 2021 calling it a bid to curb freedom of speech in Pakistan.
Condemning “the motives” behind the bill, PPP Vice President Sherry Rehman had said the government wanted to pressurize media through the ordinance, which her party would fully oppose.
“It is a double standard of the government to prepare the said ordinance after passing of the Journalist Protection Bill,” she had said adding that the international organisations had also expressed their concern over the censorship in Pakistan.