5 Jul 2024

Important update on the arrangements for viewing the evidence of Stephen Sorba, on behalf of Friends of Freedom Press and HN85 aka Roger Pearce.

An application for a Reporting Restriction Order from an individual prominently named in material relevant to their evidence was received very recently and granted this week by the Chair. The practical consequence of this Order is that there will not be an audio-visual stream with a 10-minute delay on YouTube of the evidence sessions of: Stephen Sorba on behalf of Friends of Freedom Press (Monday 8 July from 2:00PM) and HN85 Roger Pearce (Tuesday 9 July from 10:00am).

The evidence will still be made available to the public via a transcript which will be published on the Inquiry website as soon as possible after the hearing day and a video will also be published of the live proceedings later in the week.

If you have registered to attend hearings in-person on these days, your registration is still valid and unchanged. However, those attending the hearings on the afternoon of Monday 8 July or the entirety of Tuesday 9 July, whether in-person or virtually will be required to be bound by the terms of the Reporting Restriction Order before access is granted.

In addition, any Core Participant or Recognised Legal Representative who has access to the bundle and designated members of the media will also be sent a personally addressed Zoom link to follow proceedings remotely subject to a 10-minute delay. Those interested in attending the hearing virtually will be required to be bound by the terms of the Reporting Restriction Order before access is granted via a Zoom link which will be subject to a 10 minute delay.

The terms of the Order provide that there will be no transmission or communication of restricted information, details of which will be shared during the hearing. Access via the zoom link requires that you will be bound by the terms of the Order. The Chair will communicate further details regarding the information which is restricted at the commencement of the hearings.

Other Tranche 2 (Phase 1) hearing dates, including the morning session of Monday 8 July are not affected and will continue to be live-streamed on YouTube, subject to a 10-minute delay.