Vice President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN) has called for the protection of the rights of journalists to have free access to cover virtual court proceedings in the country.
Osinbajo noted that section 36 of the Nigerian constitution gives the media rights to cover public hearings, including the courts.
The Vice President was speaking at a webinar organized by a news media platform, Gavel International, with the title “The Prospects and Challenges of Journalists Covering Virtual Court Proceedings.”
Other legal pundits that spoke during the event are: Chief Wole Olanipekun (SAN), former general secretary of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Dele Adesina (SAN), human rights lawyer, Femi Falana (SAN) and former chairman, National Human Rights Commission (NHRC), Prof Chidi Odinkalu.
In his keynote address, the Vice President said, “Reporting of court proceedings is a crucial exercise of the right to fair hearing, a cornerstone of which is that hearings must be held in public.
“How that right will be given full expression when court proceedings are within the encrypted confines of virtual platforms is really the subject of our conversion today; “The Attorneys General of Lagos and Ekiti states deserve our commendation for bringing the matter before the Supreme Court.