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Ethics Surrounding Jayme Closs Story
A 13 year-old kidnapping victim is found alive after months of captivity. Stories such as this capture the nation’s heart and attention because so often these stories become tragedies. Questions arise in our minds, such as: what happened? how did she get away? how is she coping with the horrors she witnessed? will she ever heal from this ordeal? Curiosity and the need to “sell” a story impel journalists to want to share as many details as possible, especially salacious and titillating ones. But, what do we owe the survivor? Respect? Privacy? How do we maintain the balance between the right to know and the right to privacy? Click here to read the full article. See ME10, Case 21.