Television and radio reporters soon may be barred from filming or recording crime victims when they testify against their assailants, according to a policy being considered by the state Board of Pardons.

At a hearing Tuesday, board members said victims often are afraid their assailants will be released from prison and will retaliate for things said against them. Some victims are afraid to testify because of the possibility they will be on television or radio.The policy would not affect newspaper reporters, nor would it keep television and radio reporters from witnessing the hearing and reporting on what was said.

Board Chairwoman Victoria Palacios said she was not certain whether the policy would prohibit reporters from drawing sketches of victims as they testified.

Only five reporters are allowed into board hearings because of limited seating.