AP changes policy on naming suspects in minor crimes

From Alvimann on Morguefile

The Associated Press announced Tuesday a change of policy in naming suspects in minor crimes. It will no longer name the suspects, citing concern that “such stories can have a long, damaging afterlife on the internet that can make it hard for individuals to move on with their lives.”

“The AP, in a directive sent out to its journalists across the country, said it will no longer name suspects or transmit photographs of them in brief stories about minor crimes when there is little chance the organization will cover the case beyond the initial arrest.”

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