The murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is setting a precedent when it comes to press coverage of a criminal trial: never before has there been such interest in a court matter in South Africa. That reporters are allowed to live tweet from court, that cameras are allowed to film in the court building are big steps towards a more transparent, freer media.
The trial of Oscar Pistorius is precedent-setting, not least for the amount of international attention it is getting. On a real and practical level, it offers the space for the media and the justice system to redefine the margins of what is, and what is not permissible.
The eyes of the world are focused on South Africa today, as the murder trial of Oscar Pistorius is broadcast live on TV, radio and online – a first for the country – and dominating social media. Media experts give their thoughts on how this blaze of publicity will affect justice.