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Egypt bans cameras in court

August 15, 2017 at 3:04 pm

Trials in Egypt, which have already come under severe international criticism for their lack of transparency, are due to become more secretive as the Supreme Judicial Council yesterday ruled that cameras could not be used in court.

Previously, images and videos from court cases in Egypt were aired on TV, used in news bulletins and shared on social media, leading to much condemnation of the country’s questionable judicial system which has seen detainees handed long term in mass trials.

Judge Majdi Abu Ela, who presided over the decision, heard that filming should be stopped in order to preserve “the prestige of the judiciary and to stand in the way of what it may suffer” as a result of the filming.