PEMRA ban notification on court reporting challenged in Islamabad High Court

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PEMRA ban notification on court reporting challenged in Islamabad High Court

In a petition filed in the Islamabad High Court, PEMRA’s notification has been declared unconstitutional—Photo: File

Islamabad: Islamabad High Court Journalist Association and Press Association of Supreme Court challenged the ban on court reporting in Islamabad High Court.

The two associations of journalists have taken the stand in the joint petition that PEMRA’s notification is a misinterpretation of the Supreme Court’s decision, therefore the court should declare the notification issued on May 21 regarding the ban null and void and suspend the notification till the final decision. Orders should be issued.

Secretary Information and Chairman PEMRA have been made parties in the petition against the PEMRA notification.

Islamabad High Court Journalist Association President Fayyaz Mehmood and Press Association of Supreme Court President Aqeel Afzal protested against the ban on court reporting through Barrister Umar Ejaz Gilani and Islamabad High Court Bar Association President Azad State Islamabad High Court. An application has been filed in the court.

They have taken the stand that the petitioners are representative organizations of Supreme Court and High Court reporters, PEMRA has issued guidelines on court reporting through an amended notification on May 21.

The petition states that PEMRA’s notification is violative of Article 19 and 19A of the Constitution.

In the petition filed against PEMRA’s notification, it has been stated that the judgment of the Supreme Court has been misinterpreted in PEMRA’s notification and the petition has requested the court to declare PEMRA’s notification as unconstitutional and void. The notification of PEMRA should be suspended till the final decision of the case.

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