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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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