Framing contempt charges: Committee to Protect Journalists says no journalist should be indicted for reporting verified stories
ISLAMABAD: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has strongly reacted to the Islamabad High Court (IHC)’s decision to frame charges against journalists for their coverage of former chief judge of Gilgit-Baltistan Rana Shamim’s affidavit.
In a Tweet on Thursday, the international media watchdog’s Asia Program Coordinator Steven Butler said: “No journalist should face contempt charges for reporting a verified story. Pakistan boasts of press freedom. Freedom of the press means freedom to report the news.”
The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) President Kazim Khan, Secretary General Amir Mehmood and others also have expressed concerns over the IHC’s decision to indict the journalists.
Source: The News