SC Allows Live Telecast of Erap Verdict

GMANews.TV reports that “the Supreme Court had allowed the live broadcast of the Sandiganbayan’s verdict on the P4.1-billion plunder case against former President Joseph Estrada…”

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines welcomed the development, saying a contrary decision would have been against the constitutional right of access to information.

The coverage the Supreme Court granted is still very limited but in responding favorably to the petition, it upheld the right of the people to information on such an important and historic issue and ensured the timely and speedy delivery of the information.

As in the issues of extrajudicial killings and enforced disappearances, the High Court once again showed independence and adherence to our fundamental rights and liberties.

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