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Paul Berton: Why journalists name names — and why we don’t

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11.05.2019

We are often asked by readers about our policy on naming names.

Generally speaking, journalists name as many people as we can. Names in the news make our stories more readable and relatable. It also makes our work more transparent, trusted and credible.

Respectable news organizations discourage unattributed quotes. Anonymous sources make editors uncomfortable. And disasters have happened, where prominent news organizations have reported events that were invented by writers or others.

That's just one reason articles in which key figures are not named get extra scrutiny.

But what about other exceptions?

Young offenders are never named. That is the law.

Victims of sex crimes also can't be named.

Meanwhile, we rarely name........

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