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IHC, LHC serve notices to PEMRA on court reporting ban  

IHC, LHC serve notices to PEMRA on court reporting ban  

IHC, LHC serve notices to PEMRA on court reporting ban  

IHC, LHC serve notices to PEMRA on court reporting ban  

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC) and Lahore High Court (LHC) served a notices to Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) over ban on court coverage.

Islamabad High Court Journalists Association had challenged PEMRA notification, Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq issued a written hearing order on the petition against PEMRA notification of not reporting court proceedings.

The Islamabad High Court has issued a notice to PEMRA on a plea against ban on reporting of court proceedings and restrained PEMRA from taking disciplinary action against TV channels.

The court has adjourned further hearing on the petition against the PEMRA notification till May 28.

It should be noted that the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists(PFUJ) has also challenged the PEMRA notification in the Islamabad High Court.

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On the other hand, a notice has been issued asking PEMRA to respond on May 29 to the petition against the ban on media coverage of court proceedings in the Lahore High Court.

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On the other hand,  Lahore High Court (LHC), during the hearing of pleas conducted by Justice Abid Aziz Shaikh, also ordered the electronic media watchdog to respond to its notice on May 29.

The notice comes after the PERMA issued two notifications ordering TV channels to not run reporting of court proceedings and for reporters to only report courts’ written orders’ on May 21.

It should be noted that the proceedings of the petition in the LHC and IHC are not being reported following the PEMRA ban.

One petition has been filed by Azhar Siddiq and the other was filed by Advocate Samra Malik.

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