Judge Joe Raulinga will deliver his verdict as to whether journalists will be allowed to attend the Eugene Terre’Blanch murder trail on 2 December 2010. One of the accused is a minor.
Dr. Ann Skelton of the University of Pretoria’s Centre for Child Law on behalf of Media Monitoring Africa said a hostile atmosphere in the court could intimidate and frighten a child, who must be enabled to communicate and testify freely.
Skelton conceded that public interest in the Terre’Blanche trial is very large and asked the court, that if the media’s request is permitted that this be regarded as highly exceptional and should not be considered standard practice.
[Translation from Afrikaans]
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