Voice of the Paper: ‘Open justice is not about selling papers or gaining web hits’

Gazette reporter Victoria Bull

Gazette reporter Victoria Bull

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We’re all voyeurs. Everyone has experienced that feeling of schadenfreude when a politician or celebrity slips up in the public eye – whether that’s a figurative or literal fall from grace.

The media frenzy surrounding the Oscar Pistorius murder trial in South Africa is a case in point, but as Guardian and Observer columnist Peter Preston wrote earlier this week – the televised court saga is an education, not a soap.

It doesn’t make for easy viewing, in the same way that warfare shown on the 10 o’clock news has far more gut-wrenching relevance than any shoot ’em up movie or video game.


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