Supreme Court issues notices on journalists’ pleas
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court observed on Tuesday that the media should also present itself for accountability and an effective and implementable code of conduct was necessary for the media.
During proceedings on applications of known journalists – Hamid Mir and Absar Alam – the two-member SC bench comprising Justice Jawad S Khwaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain issued notices to the respondents for August 27.
The court directed the respondents to also submit the names of all private TV channels, so that notices could be issued to them. The bench asked Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) to submit its reply on the applications of the journalists.
The applicants stated in the court that the Arsalan Iftikhar issue has raised various questions about the role of media and some of journalists have been charged with receiving bribes from real estate tycoon Malik Riaz. They requested the court to form a commission to probe these allegations, summon the media organization owners and also hold them accountable.