Communication Guidelines for Criminal Justice Authorities


The main objective of the present guidelines is to assist judges, prosecutors, police officers and lawyers to properly communicate information about ongoing criminal cases to the media or online on their websites, and thus to prevent them from violating the presumption of innocence of the suspects and accused. The guidelines include a brief introductory section explaining the impact of media exposure on the private and social life of suspects and accused and offer a set of recommendations on how to present the information to the public while safeguarding the rights of suspects and accused. It provides guidance for assessing what the personally identifiable information is and how to present personal information without unnecessary disclosure of the suspect or accused person’s identity. Moreover, the guidelines include recommendations on how to determine that a disclosure of identity is justified and suggest an appropriate manner for delivery of information.

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