29 Jun '11, 12pm

Philippine massacre trial goes live on webcast

Philippine massacre trial goes live on webcast

MANILA : In the Philippines, the trial of the 2009 massacre in Maguindanao opened on Wednesday with the proceedings broadcast live for the first time. But the strict conditions imposed on broadcasters drew little takers. For the first time, the Supreme Court allowed the live broadcast of trial proceedings as it granted the petition of different media groups requesting for a live coverage of the November 2009 massacre trial, where 57 people, including 31 journalists were killed. Though media practitioners here welcomed the landmark decision, many broadcast stations felt constrained with the very strict guidelines and conditions the high court imposed, such as continuous broadcast without commercials, and a commitment to air all the hearings, without exception, until the promulgation of the case. Now as a compromise, the Supreme Court aired a live streaming of the trial thro...

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