BBC news chief denies charge over alleged naming of Rotherham child sex abuse victim

By David Parker | 11/10/2018

BBC news chief denies charge over alleged naming of Rotherham child sex abuse victim

A BBC news chief has appeared in court to deny naming a Rotherham child sexual abuse victim.

Arif Ansari (43), head of news at BBC Asian Network, pleaded not guilty at Sheffield Magistrates' Court today (Thursday).

He was charged with publishing the name of a sex victim under the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 1992.

Victims of sexual offences have lifetime anonymity under the act.

Ansari spoke only to confirm his address as BBC Portland Place, London, WC1, and entered his plea through his solicitor.

A two-day trial is due to take place at the court on January 17 and 18.


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