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Radio broadcaster successfully petitions Supreme Court to allow live coverage of former president's trial

(IFJ/IFEX) - The following is an IFJ media release:

Philippines radio broadcaster celebrates historic success in Supreme Court

The International Federation of Journalist (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in congratulating the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP) on their successful petitioning of the Supreme Court to allow live coverage of the historic case against former president Joseph Estrada to be broadcast.

Media outlets are still, however, restricted to broadcasting limited coverage of the case.

Nevertheless, it is a definitive step in the right direction, according to IFJ Asia Pacific Director Jacqueline Park.

"I congratulate all members of KBP and the supporting organisations on their outstanding win," Park said.

"It is further proof of the independence and strength of the Philippines courts, as well as an exceptional win for organisations working towards press freedom in the region."

The trial of former president Joseph Estrada has run for six years and is expected to come to a close within the next few days.

Estrada is on trial for plunder and perjury charges during his time as president of the Philippines.

The IFJ represents over 600,000 journalists in 114 countries.

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