Upon reading this thread, and seeing this, posted by kambuckta:
“I find it interesting (read: disturbing) that in the US, all sorts of details about the case are released to the media before a trial has taken place. Such information is not available to the public here in Aus until such a time as the accused has been found guilty of said crimes. It not only prejudices any judicial findings, but even if the guy is found to be completely innocent of the crimes, his name will be forever blackened.”
I am not sure how to take this, mainly because I am not aware of the details of the law in Australia or The Netherlands. If a major crime has been committed, I feel it is the duty of the press to alert people of the incident. If there has been an alleged sexual assault, I feel the people have a right to be aware of this. Am I just reading this totally wrong? Or is a commited crime not allowed to be published until the end of the trial. What details are allowed? What details are not?
This is not a debate, or an IMHO statement. I am genuinely curious just how much information is allowed to be printed?