Despite the 1948 Universal Declaration of Human Rights protecting each individual’s presumption of innocence, names and private details can sometimes be revealed by the media in certain legal affairs, even before being formally charged.
In the article, Dr Faith Gordon warned about the dangers of this legal loophole which can particularly affect vulnerable children and minors involved in cases. In this digital age, being named is never without consequences. Shared details or images of children are permanent and cannot be controlled over how this information is used and by who it is used.
She added that this form of publishing details can be seen as a form of naming and shaming and can have significant consequences on the minors’ lives.
Dr Gordon concluded: “It is clear that legislators, policymakers and the media regulatory bodies need to keep up with advances in online and social media practices to ensure that children’s rights are not being breached. Addressing this loophole in the legislation is one step that is urgently required because media regulatory bodies currently lack clarity and suitable ethical guidelines on this issue.”