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SC orders FIA to withdraw notices towards journalists

Supreme Court
The Supreme Court docket (SC) on Monday ordered the Federal Investigation Company (FIA) to withdraw notices issued to journalists for criticism on the judiciary.

Final week, the FIA issued summons notices to 65 people together with 47 journalists from mainstream media and social media over a ‘malicious anti-judiciary marketing campaign’.

The orders have been handed by a three-member bench of the Supreme Court docket, led by Chief Justice Qazi Faez Isa and comprising Justice Aminuddin Khan and Justice Musarrat Hilali.

Workplace bearers from the Journalists Affiliation of Supreme Court docket appeared within the listening to whereas Legal professional Normal Mansoor Awan represented the federal government.

Justice Qazi Faez Isa remarked that the nation is broken if a mockery is made from the judiciary. Nevertheless, he added that journalists shouldn’t be harassed or intimidated simply because they criticized one thing.

The chief justice additionally stated that circumstances shouldn’t be filed towards journalists for merely expressing proper to free speech. The three-member SC bench ordered FIA to withdraw the notices served to the journalists.

It’s pertinent to say right here that the caretaker authorities constituted JIT to research a marketing campaign reportedly launched towards the judiciary following the Supreme Court docket’s (SC) verdict that upheld the Dec 22 choice of the Election Fee of Pakistan (ECP) depriving PTI of its iconic image — ‘bat’.