In the words of attorney General Dominic Grieve everybody who shared a picture that is claimed to show James Bulger killer Jon Venables would soon be send to jail.
This happened because last week, exactly 20 years after the brutal murder of 2-year-old James Bulger by Venables and his friend Robert Thompson, somebody posted a picture of a supposedly 30-year-old Jon Venables which started circulating on Twitter.
In 2001 both Thompson and Venables were released on parole and received new identities. In order to save their new identities dame Elizabeth Butler-Sloss, of the High Court Family Division required from the court an order according to which any information about these two people is banned to be published.
This is the reason of the statement of Dominic Grieve- he just wanted to remind the society that this court order is still in place and everybody who violated it would go to jail. What matters is the fact that whoever posted the picture claimed that this was Jon Venables so even if in the end this picture turns out to be a fake one its sender will be accused of charge.
“There are many different images circulating online claiming to be of Venables or Thompson; potentially innocent individuals may be wrongly identified as being one of the two men and placed in danger,” said Mr Grieve’s statement. “The order, and its enforcement, is therefore intended to protect not only Venables and Thompson but also those members of the public who have been incorrectly identified as being one of the two men.”
Another thing which is mentioned in the statement is that all people who help such things to happen and encourage such malicious communication are also breaking the law.
It is nowadays not an easy task for Mr. Grieve’s office to cope with the problems that modern technology and social media cause.
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