Tuesday, May 15, 2007

The usual suspects

I am inclined to agree with Iain Dale http://iaindale.blogspot.com/2007/05/media-coverage-of-robert-murat-is.html#links that the press coverage of the alleged suspect in the disappearance of Madeleine McCann is highly dubious.

This happened with an alleged suspect in the Ipswich murder case and presumably his life is ruined as a result.

Being a bit of an oddball, or even an estate agent as in this case are not the same as being a murderer.

The media is not helping by passing judgement on suspects before a single charge has been brought. I have no idea if this man is guilty of anything or innocent. What is certain is that his life is changed forever and as yet he may not have done anything wrong.

If he is guilty then of course, the book and more, should be thrown at him. Until something is proven the media would do well to remember the basis of justice in free countries- "innocent until proven guilty".

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