IHC requests report on measures taken to protect journalists
ISLAMABAD: The Chief Justice of the High Court of Islamabad (IHC) Athar Minallah has asked the Ministries of Information and Law to submit a report on the measures taken to ensure the protection of journalists across Pakistan. In a brief order, the CJ asked the Information Secretary and the Legal Secretary to submit their response regarding the problems encountered by the journalists within two weeks.
He said there was no effective legislation to ensure the safety of media workers. He stated that the petitioner invoked Articles 9, 14 and 19-A of the Constitution to raise these public interest issues in the plea.
The court was informed that guaranteeing the safety of media workers and their fundamental rights are linked. The court was informed that at least 40,000 cases were pending with the Press Employees Enforcement Tribunal (ITNE).
The IHC order required ITNE to submit a report on pending cases to it. These issues relate to press freedom, the High Court said, adding that Article 19-A gives citizens the right to access information in the public interest.
The tribunal said the freedom of editors, journalists and columnists is of the utmost importance, adding that this important issue must be seen in the context of international practices and reports of the United Nations Commission on Human Rights. United.
The IHC has appointed the presidents of the Supreme Court Bar Association and the Islamabad High Court Journalists Association as amici curiae in light of the public importance of the issue. Veteran journalists Hamid Mir and Mazhar Abbas have been asked by the court to provide legal assistance to the court on this issue.
The case should be set for a hearing in three weeks, the court ordered.