France’s television regulator has warned broadcasters to exercise greater caution in showing images of people facing criminal procedures, after public criticism over photographs of the International Monetary Fund boss Dominique Strauss-Kahn being led away to face charges of attempted rape in New York, according to the Financial Times.
It reports: "Without mentioning Mr Strauss-Kahn’s name, the Higher Audiovisual Council said such images could “violate the right to personal dignity”. It said broadcasting such images, an act illegal in France since 2000, would be punished by a fine and called for “the greatest restraint in diffusing images of people under criminal investigation.
"Lawyers representing Mr Strauss-Kahn in France are weighing whether to sue French media over images showing the IMF boss being led by police on a “perp walk”, although some websites have withdrawn the offending photos."
- Pic: New York Daily News, unfettered by restrictions, splashes on "perp walk."