Professor Tim Crook, who chairs the Institute’s Professional Practices Board, says:
He added ‘…we believe justice can only be done if journalists are the watchdogs of democracy and the eyes and ears of the public.
The Institute has released a media statement saying:
The Venables case is another example of the continuing decline of Open Justice in the UK… The Institute argues that reporting restrictions of criminal proceedings can only be valid if the court and judge issuing them, and the extent and terms of the orders are publicly available and accessible.
The man formerly known as Jon Venables has been charged with offences relating to indecent images of children and will appear in the Crown Court. In order that justice can be done, no further details are being released at this stage and the proceedings are subject to reporting restrictions.