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Oscar Pistorius murder trial to be televised in part

A South African judge has approved media’s application to broadcast the trial of Oscar Pistorius – but with strict conditions, including no close ups or recording of private conversations.

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Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled on Tuesday that Paralympian Oscar Pistorius’s murder trial will be televised in part with conditions at the North Gauteng High Court.

Pistorius’s trial starts on Monday 3 March 2014.

The application to film the proceedings was brought by news channel eNCA, joined by media houses MultiChoice and Eyewitness News.

Multichoice will be launching a 24/7 pop-up television channel dedicated to covering the trial.

Judge Mlambo approved media’s application to broadcast but with strict conditions. Media will be allowed to broadcast the opening argument for the State and defence, expert evidence, testimony of police and all consenting State witnesses.

Mlambo said he considered the dangers of the trial video footage being manipulated while editing.

Two mounted stills cameras will be permitted, but no flashes, nor any lighting will be allowed.

Mlambo permitted the use of small, unmanned spy cameras to be fitted in the courtroom. The cameras will be installed where they will not interfere with proceedings.

He said there will be no close ups or recording of personal legal discussions and when court is not session.

Pistorius is accused of murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on 14 February 2013 at his home in the east of Pretoria.

— SAnews.gov.za