Norwegian Supreme Court rejects appeal to broadcast Breivik testimony
The Norwegian Supreme Court has rejected an appeal by the Norwegian Editors Association of the decision by Oslo District Court (Tingrett) to not allow Breivik’s testimony to be publically broadcast, reports NRK.
According to the Norwegian constitution, citizens have the right to follow trials.
NRK reports that in the trial against Anders Behring Breivik, not a singe person from the general public will be allowed inside the courtroom. One hundred forty (140) members of the public will be permitted to watch a televised broadcast of the proceedings in another room.
Supreme Court rejects media appeal of the District Court’s decision not to allow the transfer of Anders Behring Breivik explanation.
In ruling from the Supreme Court states that the appeal of the Norwegian Press Association and the Norwegian Association for the editor to broadcast Anders Behring Breivik’s testimony in court is rejected.
But the media can transfer directly from the experts’ testimony during the terror trial, it was also decided today….
The confusion around Anders Behring Breivik’s mental health allows as much as possible of the trial should be broadcast, according to the Norwegian press.
Therefore, the editors asked again for permission to send part of the explanation to Breivik on TV and radio.
Previously, the Oslo District Court and Court of Appeal said no to the transfer.
The court believes they can deny broadcast because it will cause an unreasonable burden on families and victims….
Original article: Høyesterett avviser pressens anke
“Like you do in dictatorships”
Per Edgar Kokkvold of the Norwegian Press Association believes it is very important that Anders Behring Breivik explanation on TV. Now the case is heard by the Supreme Court.
The Court of Appeal rejected the 27 March TV transmission of Anders Behring Breivik’s testimony during the trial of terror. But the Association of Norwegian Editors and the Norwegian Press Association has appealed the case to the Supreme Court.
Secretary General of the Norwegian Press Association Per Edgar Kokkvold think it’s important that people get to see Breivik statement. This is especially because the expert report, issued Tuesday concluded that he is sane, contrary to the initial report….
- Not a rule worthy
Criminal Law Professor Alf Peter Hogberg also find it problematic that the explanation will not be televised. He justifies it with the rule of law to the mass murderer.
- The fact that his testimony will not be broadcast if the complete story becomes. It should include broadcast accusations, but you can not hear the defendant himself. It is not a rule of law worthy, that’s how you do in dictatorships. And the decision of this happens at some point the court will not even have a sense of guilt. It creates an imbalance in relation to the defendant, said Hogberg.
- So you think his statement should be broadcast?
- Whether to broadcast the rest, including the charges, then one should probably it. I also mothensyn, to protect those who are victims of this. But do you make a cross with some shows and some TV broadcasts. It is shameful. Either let one be to broadcast or the broadcast everything, he said….
Original article: “Sånn man gjør i diktaturer”
For ten long weeks in the spring of 2012, the world’s attention will be focused on selling 250 in Oslo Courthouse and the trials against accused terrorist Anders Behring Breivik (33)….
Although the press does not have the right to broadcast the entire trial, the main negotiations in the Norwegian courts generally public.
This means that it is still allowed to refer what is said inside the courtroom, even if you can not send audio and video on TV or radio.
Public access in the courts also means that anyone who wants to follow the hearing from the audience is entitled to it on a par with journalists and the victim.
In Breivik issue is the main hall closed to the general public, but it’s set up a separate room on the same floor is reserved for the public.
Magistrate Geir Engebretsen said that the public who wish to follow the case from the courthouse can expect a comprehensive safety check before they are inserted. Due to lack of space also applies the principle of “first come first served.”
There are 140 seats in total, and those who want to follow the trial must obtain passes in the Court of Appeal as the court one day in advance. It is not possible to reserve tickets….
Original article: Slik blir Breivik-rettssaken