Hello, my name is Ben and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. Do you know who may have given this information to the papers?
did the papers print the name?
No problem I understand the difficult position you are in. Now, the actual communication to the papers to provide the person’s name in itself is not unlawful. If someone was arrested for something then this is a factual matter so to provide the person’s details to someone else would not be unlawful. The police will have certain restrictions in relation to this so they cannot be the ones that automatically release the names of suspects and there are certain codes that they would have to abide by. However, in this case it was just another individual that did so and they can do it if they wanted to.
Your rights would therefore not be so much against the person who provided the name, but the papers that printed it. You can read an interesting article here on the effects of printing a person’s name before they have been formally charged or had their name released by the police:
As you can see the potential repercussions of printing someone’s name so early in the proceedings could mean that if they are eventually found guilty the papers could be liable for defamation, although this would only become clearer once the police have decided what further action to take.
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