There is a difficult balance to strike and legal ethics, reporting on crime, but cases of Rebecca Leighton, Chris Jefferies and Dominique Strauss-Kahn, raise important questions
criminal arrests had a certain notoriety in recent months that have tested the laws of contempt and the patience of readers. "I am horrified to see the full name and the photo of the nurse was involved in these deaths to insulin saline published all over the news," writes one reader when Rebecca Leighton was arrested in July after the unexplained deaths at Stepping Hill Hospital, Stockport. "This means that this country has heard of the principle of" innocent until proven guilty in a court of law "? "
Leighton had been arrested in connection with the contamination of bags of saline to insulin, and faces charges of criminal damage with intent to endanger life. She was detained in prison but was released on Friday, September 2, after all charges were dropped. She has always denied the allegations.
After being released, another reader writes: "When the photos and personal details of the nurse arrested in the case of death of saline was splashed in newspapers, including The Guardian, a few weeks ago I thought it was a mistake. innocent until proven guilty. Yesterday there was a huge portrait of his new, on its first page because it was released for lack of evidence.
"I guess things will never be the same thing, no doubt, as the mud sticks. The same day, "30 years" was arrested in the investigation with phone-hacking world news. Although his paper has estimated their identity, not to print the photo. Why one rule for one and for each other, and who decides to release a name and a picture? Do the police or the press? I really want to know. "
There is a difficult balance to strike and legal ethics, the crime reports. It would be bad for a company that believes in open court, if news organizations considered that there should be no information on the arrests.