SC clarifies circular against reporting on undertrial cases

DHAKA, The Supreme Court (SC) today issued a new circular, clarifying its position on the muchtalkedabout notice it had issued on May 16 against reporting in media on undertrial cases.

Signed by Supreme Court Registrar General Dr. Md. Zakir Hossain, the new circular said Bangladesh Supreme Court always believes in the freedom of media.

Publishing such reports which can tarnish the image and dignity of the court and can influence the trial proceeding is not expected, it said.

The Supreme Court administration on May 16 issued a notice, asking media not to make report or broadcast anything on undertrial cases on TV scroll, which created discomfort among the journalists.

Law Minister Anisul Huq, however, tried to defuse the situation, as he on April 19 said there is no bar on media to report on undertrial cases but media shall not publish personal opinions on the cases, whose proceedings are not going on.

After meeting with Chief Justice Syed Mahmud Hossain at the Supreme Court on May 20, he said the Supreme Court administration will soon give a clarification over the circular regarding media reports on undertrial cases.

We have talked in details in this regard and I Hope the Supreme Court administration will very soon come up with a clarification regarding the misunderstanding that has been created in this regard, he had said.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)