Tuesday, 15 March 2011

Privacy Rights Through Police Disappearances?

The media could be prevented from naming people arrested by the police but not yet charged, the attorney general has told the BBC.

The excuse is that newspapers trash innocents' reputations and poison the possibility of fair trials, by their sensationalist coverage of arrests. Anybody who followed the recent treatment of the Joanna Yeates murder - in which her landlord was arrested in the early investigation, and then virtually convicted in the gutter Press of being an obvious murderer, on the self-evident grounds of his being a literate egghead with unfashionable hair - will know exactly what the Attorney General is complaining about. And he is right to do so. (Another man is now awaiting trial for that killing.)

But allowing the police to arrest anybody anyhow, without the public's being allowed to hear who they have snatched and why, until they are quite finished - has certain obvious consequences which Mr Grieve must either not have considered, or have considered all too carefully.

Let's not go there, sunshine!

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