Archive for April 1st, 2012
The Court of Appeal (Borgarting lagmannsrett) has rejected the appeal of the decision by the Oslo District Court (Tingrett) not to allow Anders Behring Breivik’s testimony to be broadcast to the public, reports Verdens Gang (VG).
The decision was appealed by the Norwegian Editors Asssociation and the Norwegian Press Association, as well as by Breivik’s lawyer, Geir Lippestad.
Leader of the Norwegian Editors Association, Nils Øy, says that the organization is considering whether to appeal to the Norwegian Supreme Court, writes Dagsavisen.
Due to the decision by the court to reserve almost all seats in the courtroom for the press and victims and their relatives, the Oslo District Court has broken with the tradition common in democracies in which regular citizens have the right to follow court cases in person in their entirety in order to ensure that judges follow the law and that trials are fair.
The media will not transfer Anders Behring Breivik’s explanation in the Oslo District Court, the Court of Appeal ruled….
The Court concludes, however, that there has not been any wrong interpretation of the law in court, and reject the part of the appeal. The judges rejected the other arguments in the appeal paper.
The ruling shows that the interests of those affected and bereaved weighs heavily, giving the court the opportunity to refuse “photography or recordings” that will lead to an “undue burden”….
Original article: Ingen TV-overføring av Breiviks forklaring
29 March 2011
The Court of Appeal has upheld the District Court’s decision that Anders Behring Breivik’s explanation can not be communicated directly off the television.
This is a form of censorship. The Court is completely outdated when it comes to relate to today’s media world….
Population, not just those that are present in court, is entitled to consider whether it can really voice that Breivik is irresponsible. Consideration for the relatives can not stand over the public right of access. Television pictures will help remove some of the doubts about the man’s mental condition. There is no question of giving Breivik a soapbox for their insane political opinions, but to document the main issue in the most severe trial in post-war period. Norwegian Editors’ Association considers whether the case should be brought before the Supreme Court. Our request is that you have to do….
Original article: TV-sensur
Court decision (in Norwegian): PDF