NGO sues for right to broadcast parliamentary sessions

An NGO is suing the presidency, the secretary general of the House of Representatives and the Legal Affairs Ministry for the right to broadcast parliamentary sessions live.
The Association for the Freedom of Thought and Expression said its lawsuit comes after some press reports pointed that state TV, which owns exclusive broadcasting rights, intends to air recorded excerpts of the sessions rather than airing the sessions live.
The lawsuit also demands that a website be created where archived session minutes would be available and periodically updated to allow the public easy access.
It argued that the notion of airing recorded sessions is at odds with the constitutional stipulation on the publicity of parliamentary sessions. It added that this action would negatively impact the citizens' confidence in legislators.

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