What Happened to the Presumption of Innocence?

The British media, in its feeding frenzy for anything salacious and scandalous, named a footballer who had been arrested on suspicion of rape:


prompting this to The Independent:


So once again, we have splashed all over the media the name of someone accused of rape – a footballer this time. No trial, no verdict, but in the eyes of the media and the public, a reputation in tatters.

What on Earth happened to the presumption of innocence in this country? If he’s found guilty, then fine, go to town on him. But to be condemned by the court of public opinion before a trial even takes place is very wrong, and makes me extremely angry.

There can be no valid reason for allowing the name of anyone accused of a crime to be made public before a trial – ideally not before a verdict. It makes a fair trial hugely more difficult to achieve.

Either name nobody or name all parties, including the accuser. This current way is grossly unfair.

Paul Harper