In Korea, editing portraits of criminals before publishing confuses people, many people stoned this act.
Jeon Joo Hwan (31 years old), the suspect involved in the murder of a girl at a subway station in Sindang (Seoul) earlier this month. But, when publicly announced, Jeon Joo Hwan appeared again with a dark suit, shirt, tie and smiling politely. The hairstyle was also changed, making the overall face of this guy extremely gentle and somewhat “knowledgeable”.
Reportedly, this edited photo was approved by the police and the jury after a thorough evaluation process.
Korea has a regulation not to disclose the identity of criminals or suspects in some cases to ensure rights and avoid unintended incidents with the public. If the crime is too serious, a meeting will be held between the police and the expert to consider whether the identity should be released as a deterrent.
If the parties involved approve the disclosure, the police will make the name and all personal information of the criminal public. The photo used for publication will be the photo on the criminal’s identity or passport, i.e. an edited photo.
However, the edited photos made the Korean people stir. The public finds it extremely difficult to understand when the portrait of a criminal with such a heinous crime has been carefully cared for and edited.
Professor Kwak Dae-kyung from the College of Police and Criminal Justice of Dongguk University also disagrees with this rule, saying that using photos taken by the police when making criminal records will increase the validity of the criminal record. more authentic, and at the same time serve the right purpose of revealing the identity to the public.
“The published photo should accurately reflect the face of the criminal at that time. An edited photo will falsify information and reduce recognition to the public.”
He also added that the authenticity of the photos taken by the police themselves serves as a deterrent to those who intend to commit crimes in the future.
The professor concluded:
“South Korea is not proactive in disclosing the identity of criminals.”
In some other countries such as the US, Japan, etc., the publicity of identity must definitely use the photo taken by the police when the suspect is arrested, regardless of the crime or whether he is a foreigner.
However, some legal experts also warn that publishing pictures of criminals could violate the person’s human rights.
“Criminals, after being convicted and publicly identified, are completely proven to be innocent later. The wide publicity makes the photos can last on social networks for years, even forever, so that innocent people can never be vindicated.
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