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Guilt by accusation

The more serious the allegation, the more satisfied one must be of the proof

14 March 2020

9:00 AM

14 March 2020

9:00 AM

Tutoring journalism students in Beijing, a leading Australian editor counselled them not to describe  an accused person as ‘guilty’. A student asked, ‘But if he were arrested, wouldn’t he be guilty?’

The  rule of law has long  prevailed in Australia as in few other countries.

Its manifestations, the presumption of innocence and that guilt be proved beyond reasonable doubt, are under  attack.

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