De Lima reproves media boycott in court hearings
‘The authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and
any of my public outings, for that matter,’ says detained Senator Leila de Lima
Detained Senator Leila de Lima denounced the decision of Philippine National Police and court officials to ban media
coverage of her court hearings.
De Lima said it is a “gross violation” of the constitutional right to a free press, right of the public to be informed, and the
right of an accused to a public trial.
Meanwhile the authorities are getting more and more unreasonable in restricting media access to my court proceedings and any of my
public outings, for that matter,” De Lima said in a statement on Thursday, October 11.
“As far as my legal team knows, the court has not issued any official order – verbal or written – restricting media from covering court proceedings
Alleged that Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206
at QC MTC, Branch 34. But how come media barred during the last hearing? Under whose authority or orders was it?” she asked.
During the October 4 hearing at the Quezon City Metropolitan Trial Court Branch 34 on De Lima’s “Disobediance to Summons,” members of the
media prohibited from covering without any official order or court justification.
De Lima also alleged that Muntinlupa Regional Trial Court Branch 206 Judge Lorna Navarro-Domingo gave a verbal order restricting
the press from covering the senator’s hearings.
The congressperson additionally hammered PNP’s endeavors to “suffocate” her open articulations amid her open trips by making commotions.
Hence, these preposterous and unmerited directions are illegal. They not just undermine the media’s job as detachments of truth to people
in general, yet in addition keep the direct of an open and open preliminary,” De Lima said.
De Lima, President Rodrigo Duterte’s fiercest pundit, has been in prison since February 2017 for medication trafficking charges, which
she guarantees created by Duterte and his partners for retribution.