The court said media owners have no existence without journalists
The Supreme Court has fixed Tuesday for giving its order on the gazette notifications of the ninth wage board for newspaper journalists.
A four-member bench of the Appellate Division-- headed by Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain-- gave the order on Monday, during a hearing on a petition filed seeking a stay on a High Court order.
The apex court said media owners have no existence without journalists.
Earlier on August 5, the Newspaper Owners' Association of Bangladesh (Noab) filed a petition with the High Court, challenging the legality of the ninth wage board.
The next day, the High Court issued a status quo for two months on the publication of the gazette notification of the ninth wage board.
On August 8, the state filed an appeal petition with the Supreme Court, seeking a stay on the High Court order to maintain a status-quo for two months on publication of gazette notification.
Later on August 14, the Supreme Court chamber judge fixed August 19 to hear a government appeal on the wage board for journalists.
After the new pay scale in 2015 for government employees, all journalistic organizations demanded a new salary structure (wage board) and also demonstrated many programs to achieve it.
On 29 January 2018, the government formed a 13 member wage board for journalists headed by retired Appellate Division Judge Md Nizamul Huque.
On June 12, Noab expressed concern over the wage board proposal and termed it “unrealistic.” It also said the new proposal will create a great crisis in the newspaper industry, which is already going through a hard time.