Press Council bars media from reporting arguments in subjudice cases

Staff Correspondent

17 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Bangladesh Press Council has issued a notice barring the media from publishing arguments between judges and lawyers during court proceedings on the subjudice cases.

Press Council issued a directive to the media outlets on Monday in this regard.

“The media should refrain from publishing any comments or opinions that might affect the verdict of the pending cases and offend the judges,” the council said.

The actual picture of the ongoing cases can be published after verifying details from the relevant bench officer, registrar of the High Court and the Appellate Division if any doubt arises, it said.

Media outlets are requested to follow the code of conduct formulated for journalists by the Bangladesh Press Council.

It is the responsibility of the newspapers to publish news relating to case under trial and to publish the final judgment of the court to reveal the actual picture of issues relating to trial.

A journalist shall refrain from publishing such comment or opinion as is likely to influence an under-trial case, until the final verdict is announced, according to the code of conduct.

The Supreme Court has issued a brief statement in an attempt to clarify its instructions issued earlier to restrain the media from reporting subjudice cases.