Why the media in Japan, France and South Korea blur the handcuffs on the hands of suspects

(ORDO NEWS) — If you have ever seen footage of a man in handcuffs in Japanese, French or South Korean media, you have probably noticed that handcuffs are usually hidden behind pixels. But why “blur” the handcuffs, if it is already clear to everyone that they are put on the hands of a person?

Everyone already understands that a person has handcuffs on his hands …

The reason for hiding the handcuffs in the media is quite simple and does not vary much by region. But we will analyze each of them:


According to Japanese law , when a person is arrested, he is always treated as a suspect first, whether he admits to the crime or not.

The handcuffs that people see in the media “turn” the arrested person into the guilty one and can affect the course of the trial.

The law was passed after businessman Kazuyoshi Miura, suspected of killing his wife, sued the media, alleging that newspaper photos of him in handcuffs implied guilt and swayed public opinion in favor of the prosecutor.

South Korea

In South Korea, handcuffs have been “blurred” relatively recently. This comes after South Korea’s National Human Rights Commission ruled that photographs of a handcuffed suspect violated human rights.

This led to Article 27 of the South Korean Constitution, which states that “handcuffs must not be exposed to prevent the defendant from feeling personal shame.”


In France, the law was passed under Minister of Justice Elisabeth Guigou. This happened after the American media published photos of the French politician and economist Dominique Strauss-Kahn in handcuffs.

He was arrested in 2011 in New York on charges of attempting to rape a hotel maid, but the charges were later dropped.


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