‘New court contempt law soon to cope with media expansion’

‘New court contempt law soon to cope with media expansion’

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Dhaka – Law Minister Advocate Anisul Huq on Sunday said the government would formulate a new contempt of court law soon as the Contempt of Court Act-1926 has become redundant due to the expansion of media in the country.
“A new contempt of court law is urgently necessary in the country. I will take initiative to pass a bill on fresh contempt of court law in the parliament as the Contempt of Court Act 1926 has become almost redundant due to extension of media,” the law minister said these while addressing as chief guest at a workshop on judicial reporting organised by Law Reporters’ Forum (LRF) at the Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA).“The government will take the initiatives very soon in consultation with relevant stakeholders to formulate the law,” the minister said.
Huq also said the journalism is fourth organ of the state. The judiciary is an important organ of the state. The journalists should be cautious while reporting on the judiciary so that the dignity, prestige and image of the judiciary remain upheld.
It is very hard task for the journalist to write on the judiciary as they have to face contempt of court due to wrong-reporting, if any. So, those who have been working relating to the judiciary, they have to be more cautious in writing of report, he added.
He said that if the journalists discharge their duties properly, the country would be benefited.
Addressing the workshop as special guest, newly elected vice-president of Bar Council Advocate Abdul Baset Majumder said that the law reporters should be more careful in writing the report on judiciary. A vested quarter of the people were engaged in committing corruption in the judiciary. Journalist should investigate on this and write over the issue, if they find anything, he added.
Addressing as special guest, the SCBA Secretary Barrister Mahbub Uddin Khokon said most of the government employees are involved in bribe and corruption. People have to bribe them for getting their services.
He also alleged that some judicial officials of the lower court were involved in corruption. Journalists should report on these activities, he added.
Apart from, Supreme Court lawyer Advocate Ahsanul Karim, senior journalists Faruq Kazi, Kazi Abdul Hannan, Shohiduzzaman, Saleh Uddin and Jahidul Islam were also addressed among others at the workshop while LRF president Badiuzzaman presided over the programme. – Staff Reporter

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