Identities of arrested suspects should be kept secret from press, says Leveson
Following stints with Reuters and the Press Association, Martin Hickman joined The Independent as a news editor in 2001. He became the Consumer Affairs Correspondent in September 2005 and has run the paper's trenchant campaigns on packaging, bank charges and factory-farmed chicken. He writes on subjects as diverse as food, finance, energy and fashion. With Tom Watson, he is author of a new book on the phone hacking scandal, Dial M for Murdoch - News Corporation and the Corruption of Britain.
Thursday 29 November 2012
Police officers should keep secret the identity of suspects arrested during investigations, Lord Leveson recommended.
At present police usually give the age and gender of suspects, though sometimes their names also leak into the press.
The reputation of the Bristol landlord Christopher Jefferies was traduced by newspapers after his erroneous arrest in the Joanna Yeates murder.
Lord Leveson wrote: “I think that it should be made clear that save in exceptional and clearly identified circumstances (for example, where there may be an immediate risk to the public), the names or identifying details of those who are arrested or suspected of a crime should not be released to the press or the public.”
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