Sunday, 2 January 2011

Guilty until proven innocent.

Over the past few days the man arrested (and now released) for the terrible murder of Joanna Yeates has suffered from a massive and coordinated character assassination from all angles of the UK press. 

Since his name was released journalists have been dying to get their hands on any interesting oddities from his past, in order to paint him as an oddball outsider and thus fit their frame for a murderer. Whether or not he was eventually to be found guilty this is wholly wrong. In the UK, and any other civilised democracy, you are innocent until proven guilty. After these attacks from the press, this man will find it impossible to ever lead a normal life again, his whole world has been turned upside down and it may turn out that he had absolutely no involvement with Joanna's death whatsoever. The media should be much more responsible when reporting on these kind of cases where it is constantly developing.

The point is well made in the Telegraph here.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Does look a bit rapey though.