Why you shouldn't post/share pics of criminal 'suspects', unless confirmed

There's a lot to consider before publishing or sharing images of alleged criminal suspects, warns legal journalist Safura Abdool Karim.

Karim explains that revealing the faces and identities of suspected criminals needs to be weighed up against the potential harm caused to the individual photographed or their family.

We want to draw a distinction between censorship and action that can incur liability.

Safura Abdool Karim, legal journalist with Groundup

This comes after Police Minister Fikile Mbalula posted a series of images on Twitter, showing the arrest of several criminal suspects on Wednesday.

Some of the individual's posted were clearly identifiable.

According to Karim, the images posted by Mbalula provided very little public benefit.

She says that all citizens must ensure whether the people photographed are confirmed suspects.

Karim advises that people can be held liable for defamation for sharing or posting photographs of people who are not confirmed to be suspects or accused persons.

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