Child victims and accused should not live with crimes when adults

Lobby groups are fighting for media protection of child crime victims identity once they turn 18. Currently, the law states that once a child turns 18 they may be named in the press.

Thursday morning saw the start of the application by these groups in a legal battle over the protection of the anonymity afforded to child victims and offenders.

William Bird of Media Monitoring Africa speaks to Stephen Grootes about why this is important and necessary.

If you do something as a child, if you are a victim or accused, you don't want that crime to live with you once you become an adult and it seems profoundly unfair that for example where the wheels of justice turn slowly, you become an adult.

William Bird, Media Monitoring Africa

Bird does agree that it should be decided on a case by case basis, but the default position should be not to reveal identity once the victim or accused becomes an adult.

Take a listen to why William Bird thinks this is a worthy case:

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