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Why doesn't the media name alleged offenders?

Zikri Kamarulzaman

Published
Modified 16 Feb 2020, 2:15 pm

COMMENT | "Please name him" - It is a common call among readers whenever the media does not identify an individual accused of a crime.

This was the case when Malaysiakini recently published a series of articles detailing the traumatic experiences of a group of women who alleged to have been raped by their dance instructor.

Such calls are often made in cases of sexual abuse or assault, as well as cases that involve politicians.

But despite public demand for the alleged offenders to be named, there are two factors that the media has to take into consideration - namely legal issues, and journalism ethics...

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