Empire shouldn't print stories on suicides

Posted: Friday, September 17, 2004

I thought that the Empire did not cover articles related to suicide - at least that has been past practice. The coverage (Juneau Empire Sept. 13 and Sept. 14) brings unnecessary pain to the families and loved ones. The caption and article were thoughtless and insensitive and by no means contain accurate information, but serve to fuel speculation and gossip.

Ronalda Cadiente

Juneau

Editor's note: The Empire's policy is that it does not run stories about suicides, unless the person holds a public office or is a well-known public figure, or if the incident occurs in a public place or highly visible way. In this case, the incident, initially reported as a shooting in a neighborhood, was visible enough that it drew a crowd. The Empire regrets that this family experienced this tragedy, but it printed information about it because the public has a right to know whether a visible shooting is a cause for concern about safety.



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