The media industry in Pakistan is in crisis. We are faced with a situation where freedom of expression is at threat and journalists’ safety is challenged by physical and virtual attacks. The industry is also in a financial crisis. Over the last few years, the structure of the media economy, regulated through different laws and the changes in advertising policies and tariffs have triggered a financial crunch that has resulted in thousands of layoffs and a significant number of small and local news outlets shutting down. The industry is also heavily affected by the pandemic and has lost various journalists to the coronavirus.
PFUJ’s comprehensive Charter of Demands, lay out measures that can steer out the media industry out of the on-going crisis. An independent and robust press is the cornerstone of any democratic nation, and at this juncture, we look towards the government to help the media industry in Pakistan