Wala nang hadlang: SC allows media to cover De Lima’s trial

The Supreme Court (SC) has granted the request of online media outfit Rappler to allow media coverage in the trial of detained opposition Sen. Leila de Lima at the Muntinlupa City regional trial court (RTC).

This as the SC during Tuesday’s en banc hearing approved the recommendation of Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez.

In a resolution, the SC authorized the clerk of court of RTC Branch 206 “to select, for each hearing of the drug cases against Senator De Lima, two to four media institutions to access the courtroom, which may be limited to one reporter from each of such chosen media institutions.”

The court was directed to pick one representative each from television, radio, print and online media “and give all media institutions that have requested for access into the courtroom a chance to attend the said hearings sequentially.”

Furthermore, the high court has included two media organizations covering the judiciary – Justice and Court Reporters Association (JUCRA) and Justice Reporters Organization (JUROR) – in the media accreditation process.

But the SC imposed restrictions for such media coverage like prohibiting recording devices during the hearings.

The SC received the request after Judge Lorna Navarro Domingo prohibited media from covering the hearings.

But in his recommendation, Marquez stressed media should be allowed to cover de Lima’s trial because the case is a “matter of public concern.” #

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