ISLAMABAD/LAHORE/PESHAWAR(ENNS/PR)The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and Rawalpindi Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) is irked on termination of BBC Pakistan’s four employees and while condemning the action declared it double standard.
According to reports BBC fired Riffat Aurakzai, Farukh Mubeen, Raja Waqas and Abdullah Fatooqi from Islamabad and Peshawar.
President PFUJ GM Jamali and Secretary General Rana Muhammad Azeem have termed this termination unlawful and against the basic rights of working jornalists in Pakistan.
They continued that Pakistani journalists were already facing lot of problems including unlawful terminations and insecurity of jobs in the local and national media houses while this wave of termination from International media in Pakistan was of great concern. They demanded the BBC respnsibles in Islamabad to review their decision restore the jobs of the terminated journalists.
The BBC Pakistan has terminated its four employees without any reason and notices.
Rawalpindi- Islamabad Union of Journalists (RIUJ) strongly condemned the arbitrary and capricious termination of jobs of four BBC employees who were working in Islamabad and Peshawar.
In a press statement RIUJ said that the management of the BBC Pakistan terminated the jobs of its four employees without disclosinh any reason.
These employees were told “either to resign or you will be fired.” Some were forced to resign and those who did not, were fired.
According to RIUJ, what is the matter of profound concern for the Union is the treatment meted out to the employees in an international organization which set standards for the universal values of human rights, fairness and justice.
The RIUJ leaders also said that the BBC follows good working practices in UK, while it treats its employees in countries like Pakistan with gross humiliation.
The RIUJ calls upon the relevant authorities to take cognizance of the arbitrary termination of jobs at BBC Pakistan so that foreign organizations working in Pakistan should treat Pakistanis with due respect.
The Union demanded the BBC managers to withdraw its decision of forcing its employees to resign with immediate effect.
The RIUJ expects from a public sector organisation like BBC to set good examples instead of following exploitative practices of media organisations solely driven by monetary objectives .