KARACHI - Sindh Minister for Information, Local Government, Housing & Town Planning, Religious Affairs, Forest and Wildlife Syed Nasir Hussain Shah said Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah had launched People’s Media Support Program (PMSP) under which all kind of relevant support would be provided to the media.

In a statement on Tuesday, he said payment of liabilities to media owners under PMSP had already been started.

Nasir Shah said besides launching People’s Media Support Program, assurances had been taken from media owners for two things; one was that they would not sack their employees and the other was the timely payments of the salaries to the employees.

He said through People’s Media Support Program actually the media workers and working journalists had been provided with security of job as well as security of on time payments of salaries. The process of legislation in this regard was also underway which would be completed soon, he added.

Nasir Shah said the Sindh government attached as much importance to working journalists or other media workers as it did to its medical professional including doctors, nurses and paramedical staff.

He said that the Sindh government had never discriminated in this regard and had always considered people working in both the industries as front line heroes during this pandemic.

Shah said that freedom of media as well as the welfare of working journalists had always been a priority in every PPP government and added that the present Sindh government would extend all possible support to journalists.

“Like people associated with medical professionals, the Sindh government pays tribute to journalists for performing their duties in such difficult situations when we are facing a pandemic like this,” he added.