Apologies for witness photo - eNCA

2014-03-04 14:17
People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

People walk outside the North Gauteng High Court ahead of the Oscar Pistorius trial. (Schalk van Zuydam, AP)

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Johannesburg - Broadcaster eNCA on Tuesday apologised for showing a photo of State witness Michelle Burger while she was testifying.

The still photo was sourced from the University of Pretoria’s website where Burger is a lecturer.

 “No disrespect was intended. We did not understand the court order issued by Judge Mlambo to prevent this - we understood it only to apply to pictures taken of witnesses during the court proceedings,” says Patrick Conroy, group head of news.

“But, on reflection, this was a bad judgment call on our part and we accept that it did not accord with the spirit of the court order.”

The broadcaster promised that it would co-operate fully with any inquiry in this regard.

“Justice Masipa has now issued a further order that no photos be published of any witnesses who do not want to appear on camera, regardless of the source of those photos.  

“We are grateful for the clarity provided by this further order and we will obviously adhere to it fully,” says Patrick Conroy.
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