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Editors Guild says Meghalaya HC order against Shillong Times 'intimidatory'

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The on Monday said the High Court's order in a contempt case against The Times, including its and publisher, is "intimidatory and undermines" press freedom.

The High Court Friday sentenced The Times and publisher to sit in the corner of the court room till the rising of the court, besides imposing a fine of Rs 2 lakh each in a contempt case.

The case relates to an article published by the paper on the perks and facilities for retired judges and their families.

The Editors Guild, in a statement, said it is deeply distressed over the High Court's order.

"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," the Guild said.

"It is ironical that the judiciary which should uphold press freedom has instead issued an order that militates against freedom of expression," the statement said.

The Guild urged the judiciary to exercise its constitutional powers with "utmost caution and care" so that the role of a in a democracy is duly respected.

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First Published: Mon, March 11 2019. 21:40 IST