Pistorius Trial, A South African judge ruled on Tuesday that substantial parts of the trial of Oscar Pistorius, the double amputee track star accused of murdering his girlfriend, may be televised and photographed, and that all hearings would be broadcast on radio.
But testimony by Mr. Pistorius, and witnesses called by his defense team, will not be shown on television, Judge Dunstan Mlambo ruled, and confidential discussions between the athlete and his lawyers must not be broadcast in any way.
The judge cast his ruling, broadcast live on South African TV, as an attempt to balance the the rights of the news media against Mr. Pistorius’s concern that television coverage would compromise his right to a fair trial.
Mr. Pistorius, nicknamed Blade Runner because of the prosthetics he uses to compete, is set to go on trial on Monday. He is charged with the premeditated murder of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, whom he says he shot by accident through a bathroom door in the early hours of Feb. 14, 2013, believing her to be an intruder at his upscale home in the capital, Pretoria. The killing has been likened in its details and ramifications to the O. J. Simpson trial in the United States.