Two celebrities have launched a sex offence anonymity campaign.
One very famous celebrity and a lesser-known celebrity launched the campaign. The lesser-known celebrity warned of a “false allegation crisis.”
The lesser-known celebrity also said he now has “no relationship” with the BBC other than turning up and getting paid to host his Radio 2 shows.
The law states that a suspect cannot be named until they are charged unless there are extenuating circumstances.
Legitimate exceptions to the guidelines include where there exists an immediate risk to the general public, concerning specific terrorist offences or a slow day for news.
A BBC legal correspondent said the debate was a “finely-balanced issue for the criminal justice system and has been kicking around for quite a long time.”
“We really need to look at this issue from a legal and journalistic position; it’s costing licence payers dearly.”
The group’s parliamentary petition calls for a change in the law so those suspected of sexual offences have anonymity until they are charged.
It needs 100,000 signatures to be considered for a debate in Parliament and has already attracted more than 10,000 signatures.
The very famous celebrity announced that official copies of the petition will be available for signature in Scarborough, Cumbria and Greenwich throughout July.