Press freedom was a fundamental pillar of modern civilisation.
Nearly all countries, save the communist bloc and the dictatorial regimes, ensured special protection for the media in their constitutions.
A Russian journalist known for investigating corruption among Moscow city officials has been detained by police and accused of drug offences, the police say, but his lawyer and employer claim that he has been framed.
The reason we say that this “request” couldn’t have come from our Supreme Court judges is that the implication of the “request” is nothing short of death for court reporting. It will lead to shrouding of the judicial process and whatever goes on in the courts into the darkness of night forever depriving it of the “light” of public scrutiny.