Almost 25 years after the horrific and disturbing murder of 2 year old James Bulger (12 Feb), Jon Venables has been sent to prison (for the third time) after being caught with child pornography. Robert Thompson, the other killer, is currently living a quiet life. Because they were both 10 years old at the time, they are under protection from the UK government. They have new identities and locations, and it's against the law for anyone to reveal them online.
With the timing of both these events, debates about revealing the faces of Venables and Thompson have reignited, along with the launch of a government petition. Some argue that since they are no longer minors, they are not entitled to state protection and the public has the right to know whether they are living/working alongside child murderers. Others say that it would lead to a witchhunt, leading to the death of many innocent people and the almost certain deaths of Venables and Thompson. However, there have already been lives ruined since one man committed suicide after being accused of being one of them, and another has had to go on national tv to prove his innocence. I've also seen numerous photos of at least 5 different men on social media from people claiming they are Jon Venables.
What do you think? Should the government release their identities?