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‘No existence of media owners without journalists’

 Staff Correspondent daily-bangladesh.com

 Published: 01:29 PM, 19 August 2019  

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain; File Photo

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain; File Photo

Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain has remarked that there is no existence of media owners without journalists. 

He made the remarks during a hearing in the Appellate Division on the publication of the final gazette of the ninth wage board on Monday.

Mainly, journalists are running the newspaper. If they do not work, then the white paper will come out the next day, said former attorney general AF Hassan Arif, petitioner's lawyer, during the hearing. 

Attorney General Mahbubey Alam said at the hearing that 

“The case had been challenged before the Gazette was published. This writ is pre-matured,” said Attorney General Mahbubey Alam during the hearing. “The case was made to avoid paying the journalists. After the Gazette of the Wage Board, there is a chance of objection within 14 days. But no gazette has published. And a writ has already been filed.”

“The gazette was not supposed to be made in accordance with Article 128 of the Labor Act. There is a chance of objection if that gazette was published. Then another gazette will be made according to Article 145, which will be the final one. But it didn’t happen,” said AF Hassan Arif.     

Then, the court asked the Attorney General about the publication of the Gazette, the Attorney General said, “I will inform you after getting information.”

Later, the court fixed the day on Tuesday for the hearing of the state’s petition against the High Court order to maintain a status-quo for two months on publication of gazette notification of the ninth wage board for journalists. 

The Appellate Division led by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain passed the order.

Earlier on August 4, the High Court issued a two-month stay on the publication of the final gazette of the Ninth Wageboard, which is set to pay the salaries of journalists and officials involved with newspapers.

The high court bench comprising Justice Obaidul Hasan and Justice Mohammad Ali passed the order.

Later, the petitioner appealed to the Appellate Division to stay the order.

On August 4, Motiur Rahman, the editor of Prothom Alo and president of  Newspapers Owners Association (NOAB) filed the writ on behalf of the newspaper owners’ association. 

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