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Websites Allowed To Show Bain Video Footage, As Ruling Relaxed

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David Bain
David Bain

Wellington, March 5 NZPA - News websites can now carry internet video coverage of David Bain's retrial, after the trial judge relaxed his ruling on the issue.

Bain's retrial for the murder of five members of his family in Dunedin in 1994 will start in the High Court at Christchurch tomorrow.

The Press, NZ Herald On Line, TV3, and Getty Images had applied to provide video coverage on their websites, with TV3 describing its coverage as "live-streaming".

But Justice Graham Panckhurst said yesterday 2003 media guidelines did not provide for internet coverage.

After a letter from the editor of The Press, and a telephone conference with the New Zealand Herald, The Press, TV3, TVNZ and the stuff website, Justice Panckhurst today issued a new ruling.

"Approval is granted for internet coverage upon condition that screening does not occur until at least 10 minutes have elapsed since the evidence was given in open court," he said.

Fairfax Group online editor Sinead Boucher, who is responsible for the stuff website, earlier told NZPA it was not asking for "live-stream" coverage. The website wanted to provide multi-media coverage online, text, pictures and video, which would be edited in the same way television news would be.

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