The Importance of Appearances: How Suspects and Accused Persons are Presented in the Courtroom, in Public and in the Media


 Video: What happens when your right to be presumed innocent is violated? 

According to EU law, Member States shall ensure that suspects and accused persons are not presented as being guilty, in court or in public through the use of measures of physical restraint such as handcuffs, glass boxes, cages and leg irons. 

In the two years between 2017-19 the Hungarian Helsinki Committee and its partners (please find them listed below) worked together to increase knowledge and sensitivity to the presumption of innocence among professionals and the public.

By clicking on each country you can find the national media reports:



Final comparative project report 

A Toolkit for Journalists Reporting on Suspects



Not Convicted, but Presumed Guilty 

New EU Project Examines Portrayal of Suspects in the Media

How deeply anchored is the presumption of innocence in Europe? How are people accused of a crime portrayed in public, in the courtroom, and in the media? These are all questions at the heart of a new EU project on which communication scientist Katharine Sarikakis, head of the University of Vienna’s Media Governance & Industries Research Lab, will be working.

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Vom Verdächtigen zum Schuldigen

Neues EU-Projekt untersucht Darstellung von Beschuldigten in den Medien 

Wie hält es Europa mit der Unschuldsvermutung? Wie werden Menschen, die eines Verbrechens beschuldigt werden, in der Öffentlichkeit, im Gerichtssaal und generell in den Medien dargestellt? Mit diesen Fragen beschäftigt sich ein neues EU-Projekt der Kommunikationswissenschafterin Katherine Sarikakis vom Media Governance & Industries Research Lab der Universität Wien. 

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Νέο  ευρωπαϊκό project ερευνά την απεικόνιση υπόπτων στα μίντια

Το Πανεπιστήμιο της Βιέννης και η Ουγγρική Επιτροπή του Ελσίνκι (Hungarian Helsinki Committee) ξεκινούν project για την προκατειλημμένη αντιμετώπιση κατηγορουμένων από τα μέσα ενημέρωσης.

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The project is funded by the European Union's Justice Programme (2014-2020).