If you happen to come across a picture of someone in handcuffs in Japanese media, you’ll notice that the handcuffs are pixelated. Similarly in France, a law prohibits the publication of videos and photographs of handcuffed suspects. But why?
Well, the reason is pretty simple actually.
According to the Japanese law, depicting a suspect in handcuffs implies guilt, and may prejudice the trial. In Japan, this law was passed after Kazuyoshi Miura successfully brought a case to the court arguing that the newspaper pictures with him in handcuffs implied guilt and altered his public appearance. (the article continues after the ad)
In France the law was passed under justice minister, Ms. Elisabeth Guigou who did so when pictures of Mr. Dominique Strauss-Kahn (I.M.F’s former Managing Director) in handcuffs were revealed by the American media. When she saw them, she reportedly told to France-Info radio that “I am happy that we do not have the same judicial system.”