By Jameson Chauluka:
The High Court, sitting as a constitutional court which is presiding over the presidential elections case in Lilongwe, has permitted Times Radio to broadcast proceedings live.
Times applied to the court for permission to cover proceedings live on radio and television, saying it was a matter of public interest.
However, the court has given Times Group the green light to cover events on radio.
Times Group lawyer, MacMillan Chakhala, hailed the ruling, saying many Malawians would be able to follow the case.
“This is a good development because the court appreciates that the case has attracted a lot of interest and it is in the interest of justice that Times is granted rights to broadcast proceedings live,” he said.
Chakhala said, in its application, Times asked the court to consider the fact that the country’s constitution provides for freedom of the press as well as the right to access information.
“Again, the Courts Act says that justice must be done openly so that every Malawian appreciates what is happening in the country’s courts; so, that is why the court has allowed us to broadcast the proceedings live,” he said.
Chakhala said the decision shows that even the courts have faith in Times Group and appreciate its capability to reach out to Malawians.
Times Group Editor-i n – Chief, George Kasakula, has described the ruling as a landmark and cause for celebration in the media fraternity and the entire country.
“We are for the public and now we are bringing the radio into the courtroom so that, although they may be far, they are able to follow the case. This is further proof that our fidelity is to the public and for the furtherance of the rule of law and democracy,” he said.