Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Philippines 'massacre' trial will go live online

The trial of members of a Philippines clan accused of carrying out the massacre of 57 people, including 31 journalists and media workers, in Maguindanao province in November 2009 is to be broadcast live online, reports BBC News.

The webcast from Manila will be posted on the Supreme Court's website with a test broadcast due to start next week.

The trial is already being shown live on TV, but it is the first time the Philippines has allowed online viewing. In a statement, the court said the trial would now be "accessible to viewers worldwide, continuously and without interruption".

According to the BBC, "Correspondents say the high-profile trial is being seen as a test of the Philippines' justice system, where critics complain of a culture of impunity for people with political connections".

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