Islamabad: The Chief Justice of Islamabad High Court has said that whatever government there is, it is concerned about the freedom of the media.
A case against the problems faced by journalists was heard in the Islamabad High Court. The government sent a summary to the Cabinet for the appointment of a Judge of the Enforcement Tribunal for Newspaper Employees (ITNE) while a representative of the Federal Ministry of Information informed the court.
The court ordered that the summary of appointment of ITNE judge be presented in the next cabinet meeting, saying that the Parliament will make the legislation for electronic media journalists. The matter of inclusion of electronic media in the wage board was sent to Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb.
The court remarked that the PFUJ and Islamabad High Court Journalists Association should meet the Information Minister and the Information Ministry should submit a report on the legislation and progress by October 21.
The representative of the Ministry of Information took the stand that 3 names have been sent in summary for Judge ITNE. On which Chief Justice Athar Minullah inquired when the summary was presented.
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The Deputy Attorney General replied that the summary has been sent on August 19, 2022.
Chief Justice Athar Manullah said that the work to be done by the Parliament and the Executive is coming here, but this court cannot give direction to the Parliament. Parliament’s job is to legislate, who else will do that?
He said that earlier there was only print media, now electronic media has also come and this court has some limited powers. Neither the previous executive was working nor this one, so what should the court do?
The Chief Justice remarked that there is a need for legislation related to electronic media which has to be done by the Parliament and any government is concerned about the freedom of the media.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case against the problems faced by the journalists till October 21.