December 31, 2021
ISLAMABAD—Freedom Network, Pakistani media rights and press freedom watchdog has shown concern over contempt charges against investigative journalist Ansar Abbasi by the Islamabad High Court.
FN stated in a tweet that it was upset at IHC CJ's order to frame charges against Abbasi and others in a contempt case. "Let media report public interest issues and the affidavit by Rana Shamim was to be reported if it existed at all," it stated, adding that "The report is confirmed by the former judge himself."
The network further clarified that it holds chief justice IHC in high esteem for his support to freedom of expression, but charges against Abbasi and others would prove disastrous for media freedom in the country.
The court directed Rana Shamim, Ansar Abbasi, and others to appear on January 7.
Photo: Twitter (@AnsarAAbbasi)
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