Imagery in the media (DSK)

Over on commentary, it is argued that the high-profile style of arrests in the USA is against the spirit of “innocent until proven guilty”.   The author argues that the perp walk implicitly encourages an assumption of guilt.

This practice is apparently illegal in most modern democracies, I was not aware of that.

This raises an interesting question–what accounts for the different newspaper laws among established democracies?  In the UK for example, it is illegal for newspapers to name name’s of football players who have been rumored to be up to no good.

The flipside of this of course is that the European media is often accused of being complicit in covering up, or in protecting powerful people that mess up.

 

 

 

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