Media outlets granting membership to govt employees to face music, warns KP

By Hamid Khan Wazir

PESHAWAR: In order to stop the government employees working as journalists, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has warned the Press Clubs and Union of Journalists of disciplinary actions involved in granting membership in violation of government rules.

The Directorate General Information and PRs Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar in a letter to the President and Chairman of all Press Clubs and Union of Journalists requested to share the membership lists of all Press Clubs and Union of Journalists to ascertain the fact.

KP govt seeks verified membership lists of Press Clubs, Union of Journalists

A letter reads, “I am directed to refer to complaint No.KP300420-7830563 registered on Pakistan Citizen Portal regarding government employees working as journalists in different districts.”

It was stated, “It has been pointed out by different agencies time and again that some government employees working as journalists have been given the membership of the press clubs and union of journalists in some districts, which is a violation of government rules and is liable for taking disciplinary action.”

Therefore you are requested to send the membership lists of your respective press clubs and Union of journalists clearly mentioning the profession and names of journalists of respective newspaper/electronic media, they are attached with, it added.

In case of non-obedience of the order, the DG warned that no grant in aid and medical assistance would be given to Press Clubs and Union of Journalists found involved in granting membership to any government employees.Press Clubs - In order to stop the government employees working as journalists, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government has warned the Pres Clubs and Union of Journalists of disciplinary actions involved in granting membership in violation of government rules. Directorate General Information and PRs Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, Peshawar in a letter to President and Chairman of all Press Clubs and Union of Journalists requested to share the membership lists of all press clubs and Union of journalists to ascertain the fact. A letter reads, “I am directed to refer to complaint No.KP300420-7830563 registered on Pakistan Citizen Portal regarding government employees working as journalists in different districts.” It was stated, “It has been pointed out by different agencies time and again that some government employees working as journalists have been given membership of the press clubs and union of journalists in some districts, which is violation of government rules and is liable for taking disciplinary action.” Therefore you are requested to send the membership lists of your respective press clubs and Union of journalists clearly mentioning profession and names of journalists of respective newspaper/electronic media, they are attached with, it added. In case of non-obedience of the order, the DG warned that no grant in aid and medical assistance would be given to press clubs and union of journalists found involved in granting membership to any government employees.