When the police or another law enforcement authority makes an arrest, they would not normally announce it or disclose the arrested person’s name. If you learned about it or were there when it happened you should make sure to observe the following rules so that your coverage does not violate the presumption of innocence or affect anyone else’s private life.
The lives of famous people are usually more publicly exposed due to their responsibility to serve as role models or as a consequence of their public position. When such a person is arrested it is admissible to disclose their identity if this serves the public interest or would have a preventive effect on society (for example, in cases of misuse of public funds, or drunk driving). You should distinguish between reporting details concerning ‘famous’ and ‘ordinary’ people, always considering the consequences such information can have on their lives (no matter what information about them is already publicly known).
Due to the suspect’s public position, there is a justified public interest in the disclosure of his identity in relation to the suspicion of these crimes. This would most likely not have been the case if the suspect would not have been a public official.
Van Kloppmann on Thursday stepped down from his position as president of the Flemish parliament after reports surfaced in local media linking him to a professional escort whom he allegedly helped obtained a fraudulent bankruptcy payout. Van Kloppmanns resignation comes only a week after he was caught in the eye of the storm after being caught driving under the influence. While Van Kloppmann said that his decision to resign was “necessary”, he denies the accusations made against him.
The footage attached to the article depicts the accused man being escorted to a police car by three police officers.
The footage of the man, deprived of liberty, strongly implies guilt. This is further strengthened by references to his criminal record.
Although the covering of these occurrences is necessary, and even though the article may have been properly written, it is necessary to underline that this form of reporting should be done with caution.
Describing the manifest as a handbook for terrorists and underlining its accessibility may increase the public interest in the extremist ideology and indirectly generate support for the cause of the extremist.
A handbook for terrorists. This is how [name]’s 1500 pages long manifesto can be summarized. The document was sent out to well-known right-wing extremists just hours before the explosion and contains detailed instructions on how terrorism can be spread in Sweden. Säpo will now make a “thorough analysis of the manifesto”.
The manifesto has for a few months now been available for purchase on several major Swedish book sites.