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Trial By Media (Guilty Until Proven Innocent) Episode 41

Niall Boylan | July 17, 2023
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    Trial By Media (Guilty Until Proven Innocent) Episode 41
    Niall Boylan

In this eye-opening episode, Niall engages in a candid conversation with Harvey Proctor, a former Member of Parliament, regarding the grave accusations he faced in the 1980s and the profound impact on his life. In 1987, Proctor was charged with several serious offenses, including indecent assault, all related to alleged sexual encounters with young males.

The media frenzy surrounding the case was relentless, and Proctor’s name was plastered across headlines, leading to a trial by public opinion even before any verdict was reached in a court of law. He vehemently maintained his innocence and claims that the police pursued him relentlessly due to his sexual orientation, exacerbating the turmoil he endured.

Despite the gravity of the charges, Proctor struggled to through. However, the damage to his reputation and life was irrevocable. Niall delves into the harrowing emotional toll that this trial by media had on Proctor and how it affected his personal and professional relationships.

Harvey Proctor’s own experience inspired him to work closely with individuals who have been wrongfully accused, advocating for fair treatment and support during these challenging times.

As Niall opens the lines for callers, the episode takes a broader perspective, raising the question, “Should a person who is accused of a serious crime have their name published before they are convicted?” Callers share diverse viewpoints, discussing the balance between transparency and protecting the accused from unwarranted prejudice.

This episode invites listeners to reflect on the complexities of trial by media and the profound impact it can have on the lives of those accused before they are proven innocent. Niall wraps up the discussion, leaving listeners with a deeper understanding of the implications of sensational media coverage and the importance of upholding the principles of justice and fairness in society.

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