Saturday 27 May 2017

Televising the Pistorius trial is a first for South Africa but it might not work here

Oscar Pistorius at Pretoria High Court where he stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
Oscar Pistorius at Pretoria High Court where he stands accused of the murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.

Hugh O’Flaherty

The trial of Oscar Pistorius in South Africa has generated huge media attention worldwide since TV cameras have been allowed – for the first time in South Africa. Many media outlets (including independent.ie) are carrying streams of the trial on their websites.

There is no doubt that the proceedings are of absorbing interest, featuring an outstanding athlete and a very glamorous, but now deceased, young woman.

However, the trial judge, Thokozile Masipa, ruled that some evidence, from the pathologist, should not be broadcast because the testimony was too graphic.

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