Legal parliamentary considering a request to close the press center in the House of Representatives
BAGHDAD / Mohammad Sabah
Revealed the parliamentary legal committee for the arrival of a request signed by MPs belonging to different blocks, demanding the closure of the press center in the House of Representatives, noting that it is considering this request and then forwarded to the presidency of the Council for a decision.
This demand contrasts with the Council's rules of procedure in Article 40 - II, which says "to citizens and media workers attend meetings of the Council with the permission of the presidency unless meetings are confidential."
According to a member of the legal committee Prince Kanani told the "long" yesterday that "there is a campaign to collect signatures of MPs parliamentary blocs different to close the press center of the circle of media in the House of Representatives," adding that the statements and conferences given by members of the House of Representatives at the center have a significant impact on the folk scene.
Kanani said a Liberal bloc of the Sadrist movement that "this request arrived to the Legal Committee, which will consider this request and then submit it to the Presidency of the Council of Representatives to be submitted to a vote within the parliament."
And on the number of signatories to the request to close the press center of the Parliament, Kanani said only that "there are a number of Representatives have signed on this request and wait for his presentation to the meeting."
On the other hand saw Deputy for the Iraqi bloc that the press center in the House of Representatives is a cultural phenomenon through which Parliamentary give a voice to anywhere.
The Raad Dahlaki said in an interview with the "long" that the subject has not been raised so far in the legal committee, likely discussed at the next meeting of the Committee, while denying discussed within the Legal Committee.
He noted Dahlaki a member of the parliamentary legal committee that "the press center is part of a complete transparency in dealing with the topics of political and other with a view to reaching the citizens," he said, adding "but this demand will be examined in the Legal Committee and the development of legal points."
Surprised at the number of MPs from different political blocs this request, considering that part of the policy gagged and confiscation of rights and freedoms and access to information that is outside what is enshrined in the Constitution, excluded for this decision.
The Constitution provides in Article 38 that "The State shall guarantee, without prejudice to public order and morality: first - freedom of expression by all means. Secondly: freedom of the press, printing, advertising and media and publishing. Thirdly: freedom of assembly and peaceful demonstration, and regulated by law."
It is known that the National Assembly, which was formed in 2005 was to allow reporters to enter the courtroom, but that after the election of the first House of Representatives was to prevent the entry of journalists into this room for unknown reasons, while requiring access to the Press Council of Representatives to obtain the identities of special tariff for security reasons.
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