Wed 16 Oct 2013
Filed under: News,Parliament
Myanmar’s MPs will submit a draft law on media monitoring of court trials to parliament this week, the chairman of a parliamentary committee told reporters on Monday.
The bill is designed to ensure that videos and cameras can be used during court trials. It was drafted to set up a court monitoring body as advised by legal experts, said Thura Aung Ko, chairman of Lower House’s Legislative and Judicial Affairs Committee.
“When this bill goes to parliament, all concerned departments and organizations—such as parliament’s joint bill committee, our committee, the courts and the Union Attorney General’s Office—will have to discuss and coordinate the provisions,” said Aung Ko, adding that the law will also include the media as members of the court monitoring body.
“Now, the courts ban cameras, video cameras and journalists,” he said. “But in today’s age of information technology, the world is open so the courts in Myanmar should have transparency. The constitution also states that court trials must take place before the public, except for cases that could harm the dignity, peace and stability of the State.”
The formation of court monitoring groups poses no danger of interference with the judicial process, he added, noting that such a body is necessary for the public record and to ensure a strong and fair judicial system.
During a meeting with Union Parliament speaker Thura Shwe Mann, Union Supreme Court judge Myint Aung recently admitted that the country’s judicial sector is deeply rooted in corruption, just like other business organizations.