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TV channel apologizes for Pistorius witness image

Wednesday - 3/5/2014, 12:08am  ET

Oscar Pistorius sits in the dock on the second day of his trial at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa, Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Pistorius is charged with murder for the shooting death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, on Valentines Day in 2013. (AP Photo/Antoine de Ras, Pool)

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) -- A South African TV channel has apologized for broadcasting an image of a witness in the Oscar Pistorius murder trial after the woman requested that she not be shown.

News channel eNCA says it used the picture of state witness Michelle Burger in a broadcast while she was giving testimony Tuesday. The channel says the photo was "sourced" from the website of the University of Pretoria, where Burger works as a lecturer.

It said it was a "bad judgment call" to use the photo and apologized to the court, the parties and to Burger for an "unfortunate incident."

A judge ruled last week that images of some witnesses could not be shown if they objected, as Burger did. The trial judge ordered an investigation.


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