HC restricts media from reporting on sub-judice matter

Sun Online Desk

17th May, 2019 12:50:24 printer

HC restricts media from reporting on sub-judice matter

The High Court on Thursday has urged the media to refrain from writing reports on any case under trial.

Registrar M Golam Rabbani, registrar of the High Court, issued a notice in this regard.

The notice said some electronic and print media run reports and scrolls on cases under trial which is totally unexpected. “Under the circumstances, all concerned are requested to refrain from running reports and scrolls on any sub-judice matter,” it said.

Meanwhile, Law Reporters Forum (LRF) expressed its sadness and shock at the High Court directive and urged the authorities concerned to withdraw the notice.

It made the call in a letter sent to Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, UNB reports.

The letter said law beat journalists have long been writing reports on Bangabandhu murder case, jail killing case and war crimes cases whereby people could know details about those. “It’s playing a helpful role in establishing judiciary’s transparency.”

Citing the remarks of the Chief Justice made on April 9 urging journalists to ‘write whatever they see in the courtroom’, the letter said the HC notice is contradictory to his comments as well as independent journalism.