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Initiative to help newspaper editor, publisher meet legal

Press Trust of India  |  Shillong 

Days after a and publisher were held guilty of and fined by the High Court, a group has launched a initiative to cover their legal expenses.

"In our on, we have collected nearly Rs 1 lakh of the targeted Rs 5 lakh goal with 46 supporters donating to the cause in a span of 24 hours" the of said, requesting anonymity.

The High Court Friday sentenced The Shillong Times editor 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.

A division bench headed by Mohammad Yaqoob Mir had warned that if the two persons failed to deposit the amount they will have to undergo six months simple imprisonment and the paper will be banned.

A group of citizens came together under the banner of the Peoples Committee for Freedom of Expression and (MPCFOEFP) on Monday to raise funds.

The campaign being made on is requesting concerned citizens in the country and across the world to support the cause of the two women journalists, a member of the group said.

The campaign will end on March 16 even as Patricia Mukhim has gone to to drum up support to take the legal battle to the

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First Published: Tue, March 12 2019. 15:10 IST