Media can’t reveal identities of children in criminal cases: HC

  • It is applicable for a person under 18 year
  • Children’s details cannot be used before, during, after the trial
  • HC bars media from using words like offender, convict, accused for children


The High Court today observed that the media cannot publish names, addresses and photos of children involved in criminal cases.

The name, address and photo of a person aged under 18 cannot be published before, during and after the trial of a criminal case as per the Children Act 2013, the HC said while delivering judgement on a writ petition filed by a Supreme Court lawyer, Barrister Sayedul Haque Sumon.

Media reports cannot have information which can disclose the identity of a child, it said.

Barrister Sayedul Haque submitted the petition before the HC in November last year challenging the legality of publishing details of a child involved in any criminal case.

The HC bench of Justice Sheikh Hassan Arif and Justice Razik-Al-Jalil asked the law secretary, information secretary and Law Reporters Forum to be vigilant so that media does not disclose such information. 

Delivering its observation, the HC bench said the privacy of the children must be protected so that they cannot be treated badly in the society when they are adult.

The HC also ruled that media cannot use words like offender, convict and accused for the children involved in criminal cases. It suggested using words like “guilty of an offence” in relevant reports.

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