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Pa. papers ordered to delete archived stories

Discussion in 'Journalism topics only' started by novelist_wannabe, Jul 7, 2010.

  1. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Sorry if this is a d_b ....

    The stories covered court cases in which defendants' records were expunged.

  2. MileHigh

    MileHigh Moderator Staff Member

    Not anymore.

  3. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    Sounds like a lawyer tried to sneak something passed the judges.
  4. Wonderlic

    Wonderlic Member

  5. novelist_wannabe

    novelist_wannabe Well-Known Member

    Yes, it does. It's an interesting debate, because 10 years ago this kind of thing wasn't nearly as readily available as it is now.
  6. Football_Bat

    Football_Bat Well-Known Member

    A paper I worked at a decade ago reported on a 3-year-old girl who had turned up missing, and named her and published her mug.

    They found her a couple of days later, and she had been sexually assaulted. Watching the news side drop the ID in subsequent stories, then defending the decision in an editorial later, was kind of painful.
  7. Baron Scicluna

    Baron Scicluna Well-Known Member

    I would say that it's a painful story to cover, more than the news side defending the decision to drop the ID.

    They can't be blamed for running the mug shot. The girl was missing, and obviously, the hope is that someone sees the mug, sees the girl, and gives the police the information. Then once they find out about the sexual assault, the paper did the right thing about dropping the mug shot.
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