NPA wants Pistorius trial live on TV

By Drum Digital
18 February 2014

The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) wants Oscar Pistorius's murder trial to be watched worldwide live on television, saying it will show the world how, and that, South Africa's justice system works.

Pistorius's lawyers, however, oppose the live broadcast of his case which begins on 3 March 2014, saying it will compromise his rights to a fair trial.

Pistorius shot and killed his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine's Day, 14 February 2013. The State has accused the Paralympic athlete dubbed "The Bladerunner" of premeditated murder.

Massive worldwide media attention has seen multiple lawyers representing multiple international and local media outlets requesting live television coverage of the trial.

MultiChoice will be running a dedicated Oscar Pistorius Trial TV channel on DStv on channel 199 from 2 March, with documentaries packaged by Combined Artists, which is also responsible for the investigative news show Carte Blanche on M-Net. DStv will broadcast the trial live on the channel if the court allows TV cameras to film proceedings inside.

A court decision whether or not to allow cameras in the form of a live or delayed televised feed could be made this week. The North Gauteng Judge President's office began deliberating on Friday whether to allow the application to broadcast the murder trial.

- News24

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