ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court’s decision to publish a list of journalists who were allegedly paid by the Information Ministry from its secret funds has drawn flak from a lawyer representing some media persons who have denied receiving any such benefits.

During Thursday’s hearing of the media commission case, former SCBA president and human rights activist Asma Jahangir criticised the apex court’s decision to publish the list on its website.

“The Supreme Court’s website is not a gossip column. There is a limit to such things,” a visibly angry Jahangir told the bench headed by Justice Jawwad Khawaja.

As the hearing of the case began today, several journalists filed applications saying their names had been falsely included in the said list.

Responding to Jahangir’s criticism, Justice Khawaja said the list was corroborated and signed by the secretary and director general of the concerned ministry.

Jahangir however said the Supreme Court did not publish the names of hardened criminals on its website. “Instead you have put oranges and apples in one box,” she asserted.

Furthermore, Justice Khawaja said the list was published in order to inform the world about the truth; hence, the apex court directed the audit of the list. He also said that the judiciary was not a holy cow.

Moreover, Jahangir said the court should get out of the state of self-righteousness and stop engaging in ‘loose talk’. Attorney General Irfan Qadir objected to her remarks.

Subsequently, the court adjourned the hearing to May 2.

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Dr Imran Ahmed
April 25, 2013 5:30 pm

Asma Jahangir has a point. The courts should strive to maintain a semblance of dignity and impartiality.

April 25, 2013 5:34 pm

Where does this lady stand on the issue of fair play ? Always criticizing SC. Why not expose " holier than thou" so called chatterboxes of press

Syed Ahmed
April 25, 2013 6:17 pm

Judges should only be known and heard through their judgements. Also "Judge a man by the reputation of his enemies."

April 25, 2013 7:05 pm

Well done Asma Jahangir. One can always count on her to stand up for truth and decency regardless of the odds.

April 25, 2013 9:12 pm

It's mind boggling that Asma would be presenting her opinion in this manner. Bad apples of jounalism need to be exposed in order to bring news media in line with acceptable ethical standards. I have respected her past accomplishments regarding human rights, but now she's becoming paranoid.

April 25, 2013 12:17 pm
Journalists and media companies accepting gifts and payments amount to bribery therefore it is unethical and makes public question the integrity of content being published. Making the list public is an essential step in the right direction to accountability. We should not be deterred by such vain criticism when people are caught red handed in dubious practices
April 25, 2013 11:47 am
Supreme court did an excellent job by showing the names involved in this. In the past, we keep hidding the, not any more. We must expose publically every body who is involved in corruption directly in indireclty. How could these people who took money from the ministry will be happy because they are exposed big time. Well Done Supreme Court...........
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