Fine & much needed statement by the Editors Guild against the Meghalaya High Court’s use of its power of contempt against the editor of Shillong Times. Contempt of court is now being abused by judges & courts to prevent exposure of judicial and sometimes even executive misconduct.
Editors Guild of India on the Meghalaya High Court’s order in a contempt case against The Shillong Times
The Editors Guild of India is deeply distressed over the Meghalaya High Court’s order in a contempt case against The Shillong Times including its Editor and Publisher for reporting the proceedings of the Court. The order, which among other things imposes a fine along with a threat of imprisonment and a ban on the publication, is intimidatory and undermines press freedom. It is ironical that the judiciary which should uphold press freedom has instead issued an order that militates against freedom of expression. The Guild urges the judiciary to exercise its constitutional powers with utmost caution and care so that the role of a free media in a democracy is duly respected.