Oscar Pistorius Trial to be Televised Live; Paralympian’s PR Team Launches Twitter Account to Reveal ‘Hard Truth’
By Gopi Chandra Kharel | February 25, 2014 11:14 PM EST
As it has become known that the trial of Oscar Pistorius will be televised live, the Paralympian's PR team has launched a Twitter account and claimed that they will reveal the "hard truth" about the whole incident.
Oscar Pistorius with Reeva Steenkamp
Pistorius has been accused of murdering his girlfriend (and South African model) Reeva Steenkamp and will stand trial at a court in Pretoria on 3 March, which will be televised live.
The Paralympian, also known as the Blade Runner, shot Steenkamp dead on Valentine's Day last year. He claimed that he mistook her for a burglar and denied charges of murder.
This will be the first time that a trial will be telecast live.
However, South Africa has loose contempt of court laws, which has been a driving force for newspapers and media outlets to run stories in a manner that, many would say, is carefree and biased. This seems to have worried the PR team of the athlete.
In what appears to be a response to the growing fear, the Twitter account identified as @OscarHardTruth now claims to be the official disseminator of the truth.
"As the trial approaches, many untruths, half truths and versions of the truth have, and shall be spread across the world," a tweet from the handle said on Sunday, as soon as it was created.
Another one read: "We will address the truth and expose those with ulterior motives. The Truth will Prevail."
However, these two tweets have since been deleted, while posts from Sunday carry a more sober tone.
"This feed will provide the hard truth, as it unfolds and provide information that will become clearer during the trial," a tweet said.
At the time of writing this article, the Twitter handle had already attracted more than 19,100 followers.
Meanwhile, Judge Dunstan Mlambo at the court in Pretoria has said that the entire audio of the 27-year-old double amputee's trial could be broadcast live, and sections of the trial could be filmed and televised live as well, BBC reported.
The parts that can be broadcast include opening arguments, evidence of experts, police witnesses and closing arguments. The testimony of the accused and his witnesses are exempted.
Media Group MultiChoice has planned a 24-hour coverage of the trial on its own dedicated channel called the Oscar Pistorius Trial channel, which will begin broadcasting on Sunday.
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