Utah Paper’s Ombud Chastizes Her Publication for Naming Kidnap Victim

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Reader advocate Connie Coyne of the Salt Lake Tribune says her paper was wrong when it published the name of a 5-year-old kidnapping victim earlier this month.

The boy was found unharmed, but his parents were incensed that the paper–apparently alone among the Utah media–had published his name.

Coyne wrote, “When they made their anger known, (the Tribune’s managing editor)decided to omit the child’s name in future reports.

“They were right to be incensed. In this case, there was no need to name the victim to tell the story. The lame excuse that people who knew the family knew the name of the boy breaks down under scrutiny. The fact is this: When a newspaper prints a story using a person’s name it makes a permanent record.”

Link: http://www.sltrib.com/2003/oct/10182003/utah/103112.asp

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