Media Trial: Prejudicing the Rights of the Parties in Criminal Cases

Barrister Ahmed Ehsanul Kabir, Assistant Professor in the Department of Law at Jagannath University, examined the reasonable limitations to the freedom of the press in relation to criminal justice. He claimed that although the freedom of press does not allow the mass media to conduct the trial of a case, it has been constantly accused of conducting the trial of the accused and creating a widespread perception of guilt or innocence before or after a verdict has been handed down by a court. This practice is in violation of well-established legal principles such as the presumption of innocence, and that the burden of proof lies to the prosecution.

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