That’s Entertainment? The Anonymity of Arrestees and the Law

2015 | Paul Mason |

Should we know when someone is arrested even if they have yet to be charged? Does it make any difference if that person is a public figure, or that they have been arrested for a sexual offence? High profile arrests under Operation Yewtree of Paul Gambaccini, Jim Davidson, Jimmy Tarbuck and Freddie Starr were widely reported in the press. None of the men were charged.


What is the relationship between the law, the media, the police and the public?  The Law Commission, Leveson Report and Home Affairs Select Committee have all addressed the issue, but the position remains fluid. This article summarises the principle arguments, explaining the law and analysing the recent proposal and recommendations for reform.


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