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HC directs media to not disclose children’s identity in criminal cases

  • Published at 03:22 pm February 12th, 2019
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A HC bench came up with the order after the hearing of a ruling on a writ petition

The High Court, on Tuesday, directed all media—including The Daily Star—to remain alert while working with the name, address, and photos of a child in any criminal case under trial.

The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil came up with the order after hearing a ruling on a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer, Barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon.

Lawyer Sagufta Tabassum Ahmed stood for the writ petitioner while lawyer Kazi Ersadul Haque did so for The Daily Star.

Barrister Sumon said on November 5, 2018, The Daily Star published a report titled “Boy Gets Ten Years for Killing Classmates” in which the details about the minor were published, which is a complete violation of section 28 of Children Act, 2013.

Later, he filed the writ with the High Court.

After hearing the writ, on November 19, the HC issued a ruling asking the authorities concerned why an order would be given to the media to stop the use of a name, address, photo and other identifiers in newspapers, magazines, and other media.

The court also asked the editor of the daily to explain the published news within 15 days.

Barrister Sumon said Section 28 clearly prohibits media to publish articles, photographs, and information that goes against a child under trial.