The national print and electronic media is facing acute shortage of funds due to the stoppage of payment against the advertisements printed or aired by it during the election campaigns run by various political parties. The Supreme Court took suo motto notice of a complaint by Transparency International, Pakistan, a non-governmental organization, over the alleged misuse of secret funds by the Information Ministry, and stayed the disbursement of payments to any advertising agency or media house for the advertisements it had released, printed or aired, till the next date of hearing and directed the Deputy Attorney General to provide particulars of any summary approved on or after March 10, 2013. Genuinely earned revenues that would have kept the media’s wheels rolling were suddenly blocked. The media committed no wrong and is dependent on the cycle of billings and legitimate release of funds for the advertisements already released and published. While the thieves should have been caught, the innocent were caught in the mess. Some who were already facing an acute financial crunch have come close to sudden collapse. The petitioner, Transparency International, also conceded this point and requested the apex court to revisit the stay order and redesign it to keep the innocent, and independent, free media afloat. Media’s representative bodies including All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS) and the Pakistan Broadcasting Association (PBA)  have stated in a written statement to the court that the blanket stay order is badly hurting the financial condition of their members. It may be mentioned that the federal and provincial governments owe newspapers and television channels billions of rupees. The history of payments, deliberately kept back by the government departments, and their agents, is long and goes back farther the current incident. It is intended to keep the media under their thumb. Both the APNS and PBA have requested the apex court to revisit and save the media houses from collateral damage.