With the name Sly it seems that Sly Malik was born to be a benefits fraudster. Earlier this year British Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith on behalf of the government published a list that has now been well circulated online of the 10 biggest welfare cheats, and Sly Malik made it to the top of the list. You can read about the top 10 here. As a story much like the naming and shaming of late tax payers, this one provides another example and therefore further evidence that the government is utilizing the power of online shaming as a part of formal punishment.
There is an interesting article by Kirtsy Hess and Lisa Waller on “The Conversation” website about the relationship between online shaming and digital media within the legal sphere, noting how as a form of punishment the effects of it are arguably more damaging than traditional legal punishments. Read it here.