Judge Rules That Oscar Pistorius Murder Trial Can Be Televised Live

11:16 PM PST 02/25/2014 by Pip Bulbeck
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However, he has imposed strict conditions on how footage is to be used and will allow just three remote-controlled cameras in the courtroom.

A South African high court judge has ruled that parts of the upcoming murder trial of Olympian Oscar Pistorius can be televised live.

Outlining how pictures and audio can be used during the trial of the runner who is accused of the premeditated murder of his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, judge Dunstan Mlambo said that three remote-controlled cameras will be installed in the courtroom, with no camera people allowed in the room. Two still cameras will also be allowed.

Close-ups of participants won't be allowed nor will extreme close-ups taken by the still cameras. There will be no televised coverage of Pistorius' testimony or that of his defense witnesses. Witnesses can also withhold their permission for their evidence to be broadcast.

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The judge also ruled that the entire trial could be broadcast on the radio.

Pistorius, a double amputee, known as the "Blade Runner" and famous as the only Paralympian ever to take part in the Summer Olympics, allegedly shot his girlfriend in the bathroom of their residence in Pretoria, South Africa, in 2013. He has been charged with first-degree murder but Pistorius is claiming that he believed Steenkamp was an intruder and shot her by accident.

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Pistorius' lawyers had argued that televising the proceedings would compromise his right to a fair trial.

It will be the first time that South African court proceedings will be televised.

The trial, which is likely to attract a huge international media contingent because of the couple's celebrity, begins on March 3 in Pretoria.

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