Supreme Court disallows live coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial to avoid a ’media frenzy’

The Supreme Court has revoked permission for live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, saying it will invite a "media frenzy that affect the due process rights of the accused in this high-profile case."

The Supreme Court has revoked permission for live media coverage of the Maguindanao massacre trial, saying it will invite a "media frenzy that affect the due process rights of the accused in this high-profile case."

 

Virgil Lopez of Sunstar.com.ph reports the Supreme Court released a resolution saying live coverage could also affect the trial. "A witness’ behavior and self-consciousness before the camera in a high-profile case such as this might compromise the reliability of the fact-finding process, which in turn could skew the judge’s assessment of his or her credibility, necessarily affecting the resolution of the case," the Supreme Court said.

 

Media and the public can instead watch proceedings from wide-screen monitors outside the court room. The Supreme Court said this "grants to a larger audience the opportunity to monitor the proceedings as if they were inside the trial court but at the same time obviates the massive publicity entailed in media broadcasting."

 

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