Guwahati, Mar 14 : Press Council of India (PCI) has strongly criticised the recent “legal crackdown” on the Editor of The Shillong Times.
“I have gone through the judgment of the Meghalaya High Court convicting the editor and publisher of Shillong Times for contempt. The judgment is vulnerable on many count. The Judge ought to have kept in mind that by making unnecessary observations he had thrust the office of the Judge in front of firing line”, Justice C K Prasad, Chairman of PCI said in a statement.
On March 8, Shillong Times editor Patricia Mukhim and publisher Shobha Chaudhury were fined INR 200,000 (USD 2860) for contempt of court by the Meghalaya High Court. Mukhim and Chaudhury were ordered to sit in a corner in the court hall until rising of the court and fined. If the fine is not paid in a week, they will be imprisoned for six months and the newspaper will be banned.
The primary duty of the council is to preserve the freedom of the press and conviction of an Editor shall surely have adverse impact on their freedom, the statement said. (UNI)