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Publicising criminals.

Publicising criminals.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Dec 21, 2016 12:41 pm

What trouble could one get into for publicising the identity of a known criminal in order to to warn people?
It is not something I intend to do, but I feel I should make some effort to talk someone out of doing it.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby atticus » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:07 pm

What was the offence?

What was the sentence?

When was the conviction?

Why does your friend want to publicise this and to whom?

Is he certain beyond any doubt that this person was convicted of this offence?
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby 3.14 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 2:19 pm

How will he publish this?
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Dec 21, 2016 6:46 pm

3.14 wrote:How will he publish this?

The suggestion was to edit the CCTV footage of him stealing and put it on Youtube. There was some talk of posters. If it was something I wanted to encourage, then I'd suggest posters with QR codes linking to the video.

I'm a long way from thinking it is a good idea, but if the police/CPS cannot be bothered to act, then people are going to take matters into their own hands.

Someone suggested the reason there was no action was because he is a useful informant. To suggest that on the poster would clearly be a step too far, but would it be so far as incitement to violence?
atticus wrote:Why does your friend want to publicise this and to whom?

Not my friend. Just someone with whom I was having a conversation.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby atticus » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:15 pm

In those circumstances you may discuss the laws of defamation with your acquaintance.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:18 pm

If that is the only concern, then I think he has it covered.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby atticus » Wed Dec 21, 2016 7:22 pm

Really? There may be other reasons.

Data Protection is one, which has been covered in these forums (fora?).

And he may find that the police take a greater interest in him than in the alleged criminal.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby 3.14 » Wed Dec 21, 2016 9:53 pm

You may find that websites like twitter/facebook/youtube and the like will take them down if challenged. I had a client upload our surveillance footage of her husband cheating to youtube and it was always removed within days.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby Hairyloon » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:03 pm

atticus wrote:Really? There may be other reasons.

This is why I asked.

Data Protection is one, which has been covered in these forums (fora?).

And he may find that the police take a greater interest in him than in the alleged criminal.

Why the police? Data protection is a matter for the ICO.

3.14 wrote:You may find that websites like twitter/facebook/youtube and the like will take them down if challenged...

As long as you get your money's worth before they're taken down, then that's not really a problem. And I think they generally only take things down following a complaint, which suggests the clip has been seen widely enough to reach somebody to complain.
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Re: Publicising criminals.

Postby atticus » Wed Dec 21, 2016 10:06 pm

Two different points made in two different paragraphs.
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