LAHORE: The South Asian Free Media Association (Safma) has sent defamation notices to a TV channel officials and analyst Zaid Hamid over malicious accusations made in a show.
Sent by Safma Secretary General Imtiaz Alam and Safma Punjab President Anjum Rashid through senior advocate Abid Hasan Minto, the legal notices under Section 8 of Defamation Ordinance 2002 quoted the “defamatory and inflammatory remarks” Zaid Hamid made in the show on August 16, 2011 and repeated on August 17 and 18.
The remarks have caused resentment among leading media persons and civil society. Safma branches in other provinces will also issue libel notices. “By representing through your conduct, gestures and words that you promoted and supplemented the unfounded, false, baseless and defamatory remarks of Mr. Hamid against Safma, you have caused an irreparable harm to my clients and furthered his accusations against a worthy media body that is recognized by SAARC for its good work as its associated body,” the notices to the TV officials said.
The Rs 100 million damages, which the South Asian Free Media Association sought to be paid within seven days, will be “spent on media education and promotion of media ethics”, the notices said. If the respondents fail to respond to the notices, the South Asian Free Media Associationwill initiate civil and criminal proceedings against them, the notices said.
Source: The News