A group of legal reporters appealed to the Supreme Court on Wednesday
against the exclusion of the media from the pleas for sentencing in
former president Moshe Katsav’s rape trial.
The journalists, represented by Yuval Yoaz, argued that the Tel Aviv
District Court judges hearing the case harmed the public interest and
the public’s right to receive information by refusing to let reporters
attend the critical stage of the trial.
The reporters also appealed the lower court’s decision to refuse
journalists access to trial transcripts and evidentiary documents.
Last week the Tel Aviv court decided to approve media presence in the
actual sentencing, but not in the pre-sentencing arguments for fear that
the identity of Katsav’s victims be exposed.
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