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Will allowing the cameras into the court help or hinder Pistorius’ defence?

Last updated: 13 Apr 2014 07:55
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Last year on Valentine’s Day, the world woke up to news reports that Paralympic champion, Oscar Pistorius, had shot and killed his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, at his house in Pretoria, South Africa. Pistorius said he mistook her for an intruder; but the prosecution has accused him of murder.

Pistorius is acknowledged as the first Paralympian to achieve global fame, so when his trial began on March 3, 2014, packs of journalists headed to the courtroom and remained. There was even a 24-7 news channel launched in South Africa devoted to live coverage of the trial, a first in South Africa raising questions in media.

Will allowing the cameras into the court help or hinder Pistorius’ defence? And has the media focused too much on the events unfolding in the courtroom, and ignored others?

The Listening Post’s Nic Muirhead reports on the murder trial that has gripped a nation and its media.

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