EOHR confirms the legitimacy of mass media to attend sessions of courts

October 5th, 2010 by Editor

EOHR expresses its concerns on issuing the decree by the Supreme Judicial Council in its first session 2011/2010 about preventing broadcasting a record, publishing trial facts by using means of media or shooting these facts, judicial bodies, lawyers, witnesses or criminals during trial. This decree considers violation to the guarantee of fair trial, the principle of publicity is guaranteed by the Egyptian Constitution and the International Convention concerns with Human Rights. Cheap Fake Handbags Online
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Mr. Hafez Abu Seada, the chairman of EOHR, confirms his respect to the decisions of Supreme Judicial Council but he confirms that the principal of publicity considers one of the fundamental principals that guarantee the right to defense. This principal aims achieving public interest. This principal was recognized in article 10 in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, article 1/14 in UN Civil and Political Rights, and article 169 in the Constitution (Sessions of courts shall be made in public, unless a court decides to hold them in camera, for considerations of public order or morality. Article 1/286 of the criminal procedure law stated the same).


Mr. Hafez Abu Seada confirms that article 9 in law no.96 for 1996 concerns with organizing the press, prohibits imposing restrictions that impede free flew of information. Press code of ethics guarantees the right of the citizen in knowing information.

Mr. Hafez Abu Seada stressed on the right of mass media to attend the sessions of courts according to publicity principal and article 170 from the Constitution which states that (The people shall contribute in administering justice, in accordance with the manner and the limits prescribed by the law). He also clarifies that media considers mirror of the people and they have the right to know the conduct of the trials and its publicity as it is a guarantee of fair and equitable trial. Accordingly information must not be withheld from mass media unless it is related to national security or consideration of public morals or order.

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