I wrote a few weeks ago about the strange antics of the press regarding Operation Yewtree, and the way in which the publication of the names of those being questioned and arrested seemed to depend on the public perception of the accused.
So the press had no scruples in announcing the questioning of people like Jim Davidson, Max Clifford, Dave Lee Travis and Gary Glitter – they are not, for various reasons, believed to be universally loved by the British public.
Last month the arrest of an 82 year old man, who shortly thereafter became an 83 year old man seemed to indicate that the media were, to some extent, “judging” whose arrests should be publicised. Continue reading
First of all, apart from Sir Jimmy Savile, I am not going to mention any names in this post. I would ask too that people commenting on this thread refrain from naming anyone either.
The Metropolitan Police inquiries into the activities of the former TV star have three main strands.
- One is looking specifically at the actions of Savile.
- The second strand concerns allegations against “Savile and others”.
- The third – named “others” – relates to alleged complaints against other people unconnected to the Jimmy Savile investigations.
As the BBC reported yesterday, ten people have been arrested and one suspect was interviewed under caution.
On each occasion so far that someone has been arrested the media have covered the story, naming the suspect, and, of course, not seeking to suggest any guilt. After all, the presumption of innocence applies. Continue reading