Rights group urges Pakistan judges to stop censoring media

By REUTERS
November 27, 2012 10:59

 
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ISLAMABAD - An international human rights group urged Pakistan judges on Tuesday to stop using their powers to censor media critical of the judiciary.

Over the last two months, judges have threatened several media executives and journalists with contempt of court if they published reports criticizing the judiciary, New York-based Human Rights Watch said.

"Judges have no special immunity from criticism," said Brad Adams, the group's Asia director. "Unless they want to be seen as instruments of coercion and censorship, they should immediately revoke these curbs on free expression."

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