All photographers were asked to leave the courtroom in Pretoria before Oscar Pestorius' entered.
The magistrate has ruled that the hearing can not be broadcast live, but videos and photographs can be taken during breaks in proceedings.
The prosecution will argue that Oscar Pistorius is guilty of "premeditated murder".
An application for Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing to be postponed is now being heard.
Pistorius has slumped forward, head in hands.
The magistrate added that video and pictures can be taken during breaks in the proceedings.
The magistrate has ruled that Oscar Pistorius' bail hearing will not be televised live.
Pistorius continues to sob and looks confused. He has sat silently for some time, occasionally shielding his face with his hands.
Oscar Pistorius' defence lawyer has referred to his client's "traumatised state of mind".
Pistorius' brother, seated behind him and four seats away from me, is offering a hand to comfort him.
Oscar Pistorius has again buried his head in his hands and is sobbing silently as the legal arguments regarding whether the hearing should be filmed go back and forth.
His brother is seated behind him with his arms folded.
The magistrate is hearing an application from the media for the hearing to be televised.
Oscar Pistorius has shut his eyes as the legal arguments go on.
Some members of his family seated around me are sobbing. His brother is listening intently to the legal arguments,
Oscar Pistorius buried his head in his hands and cried as the murder charge was read out.
He arrived in court wearing a dark suit, blue shirt and tie. He was looking down at the ground, quietly sobbing.
A group of Oscar Pistorius' relatives and friends have arrived at court ahead of his bail application hearing. They embraced each other as they took their seats.
South African media is reporting that that Oscar Pistorius shot his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, four times through a bathroom door, Reuters reports.