ISLAMABAD – The inquiry report aimed to investigate video reporting of former Chief Justice’s farewell reference on Geo News found reportee Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui guilty of breaching code of conduct.
According to the investigative report, that was ordered by the present Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tasadduq Hussain Jilani soon after swearing-in, Geo breached to promise of sharing the footage with other reporters.
Its pertinent to mention here that at the time of Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry’s retirement from the post of Chief Justice, Supreme Court held a full court reference at Court Number One. The reference was supposed to be a close door activity and no media channel and its cameramen were allowed inside the hall. However, soon after the reference Geo News aired the footage of reference recorded by one and only cameraman.
It was revealed in the report that Geo News’ reporter Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui collected the footage from the then staff officer of chief justice, Chaudhry Abdul Hameed, on the promise of sharing it with other colleagues as well which he never did.
According to the report, it was decided two days prior to former CJ’s speech that that footage would be given to all channels.
“Geo TV and its reporter have falsely claimed that they respect the apex court,” it added.
After criticism from all other channels for this biased attitude, an inquiry committee was formed to investigate the matter. Its also important to mention here that at that time, Abdul Qayyum Siddiqui said it on record that other journalists remained busy in having tea while I was doing my duty.