Twitter order may be unenforceable - expert

2014-03-10 13:16
Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

Oscar Pistorius appears in the North Gauteng High Court. (Alon Skuy, Pool)

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Johannesburg - An order by Judge Thokozile Masipa to prohibit the media from tweeting information about Reeva Steenkamp's post mortem results sounds unenforceable, law expert Pierre de Vos said on Monday.

"I haven't heard the whole order, but from what I have heard it sounds confusing," De Vos said.

"It sounds unenforceable. I wasn't there to hear her [the judge's] exact words, but in other court cases, people and journalists use Twitter so I don't know why they're doing this in this case, what makes this case so special."

Judge Masipa ordered that the live broadcast of Oscar Pistorius's murder trial be cut because of the graphic testimony of a pathologist testifying about Steenkamp's injuries.

"There shall be no live broadcast now.... That [also] applies to Twitter," she said. Masipa later extended the order to blogs as well.

Pistorius is charged with the premeditated murder of Steenkamp, and with contravening the Firearms Act.

He has pleaded not guilty to all the charges, and contends he mistook Steenkamp for an intruder when he shot her.
Read more on:    reeva steenkamp  |  oscar pistorius  |  thokozile masipa  |  crime  |  social media  |  pistorius trial

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