#WeStandWithMatiullah Trends on Twitter After Contempt Notice To Journalist Over Tweet
A contempt of court notice issued by the Supreme Court to senior journalist Matiullah Jan for criticising the verdict in Justice Qazi Faez Isa case has resulted in messages of support for the court reporter on social media, culminating in a top Twitter trend #WeStandWithMatiUllah.
According to news reports, the top court took notice of the tweet about the seven judges hearing the case.
In a tweet, Azad Syed said that Jan was a law-abiding citizen, who understands ‘constitution more than constitutional experts’.
.@Matiullahjan919 is most law abiding citizen of this country. He understands constitution more then constitutional experts. He is reporting Supreme Court proceedings for last almost 30 years.#WeStandWithMatiUllah pic.twitter.com/DqgANKJcX6
— Azaz Syed (@AzazSyed) July 15, 2020
Former senator Afrasiab Khattak said Jan is a journalist who has always spoken truth to the power.
Matiullah Jan, a truly independent journalist has spoken truth to power during the dark days of hybrid martial law. He has taken risks for keeping independent journalism alive. He has been the voice of the voiceless.#WeStandWithMatiUllah
— Afrasiab Khattak (@a_siab) July 15, 2020
Najam Sethi endorsed the former senator’s view.
— Najam Sethi (@najamsethi) July 15, 2020
Nausheen Yusuf, a journalist, called him a ‘credible and honest’ reporter.
I Know Mati ullah Jan since 2007.. the words that describe him are : Honest , Credible , Professional and selfless Journalist with a Unflinchibale Principle Stance . #WeStandWithMatiUllah
— Nausheen Yusuf (@nausheenyusuf) July 15, 2020
Gul Bukhari wrote that questioning the judgements of courts could not be described as contempt.
Is it contempt of court to call the Supreme Court’s conviction of ZA Bhutto a judicial murder? This means we call those judges murderers. If that’s not contempt, how is calling judges backstabbers contempt? This is people’s judgement on them.
— Gul Bukhari (@GulBukhari) July 15, 2020
Meena Gabeena questioned the motives behind such notice.
— meena gabeena (@gabeeno) July 15, 2020
A lawyer by profession, Shafiq Ahmed said that the judiciary can avoid criticism by making independent decisions.
If our judiciary is afraid of being insulted, then first free yourself from the shackles of the military & make independent decisions so that no one gets a chance to criticize you, otherwise fingers will be pointed at your character.
— Shafiq Ahmad Adv (@ShafiqAhmadAdv3) July 15, 2020