LETTERS

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February 12, 2019

Letter: Maroon Editors Call for Removing Photo of Apprehended Young Man

Update: several more editors have signed on to this letter after publication.

We, the undersigned current and former staff editors of The Maroon, believe the photo of the young man apprehended on campus yesterday should not have been published. Editors were not consulted before the photo’s publication, and the decision to keep the photo up was made unilaterally by Maroon leadership despite mounting opposition from numerous members of staff. The photographer, undersigned, has asked several times for the photo to be taken down. We believe the photo compromises The Maroon’s commitment to ethical and responsible journalism.

Although we recognize that taking the photo down now cannot mitigate the harmful effects its publication has caused, we believe the photo should still be taken down as soon as possible before it spreads even further online.

The Maroon aims to provide the campus and the wider community a service by quickly publishing time-sensitive news. Yesterday, however, The Maroon did a lot of damage—it opened up a young person and his family to harmful exposure, at no benefit to anyone else. The photo does not serve the safety of the campus and community; it was published after the suspect was already in the custody of police officers. Furthermore, publishing the photo perpetuates a false, racist, and dangerous narrative about crimes in and around Hyde Park that undermines our goal of accurate journalism.

We think this incident should be treated as a learning moment for the newspaper, and our statement here is not intended to cover the numerous arguments why The Maroon shouldn’t have published the photo. Rather than making those arguments on behalf of our readers, we hope to encourage members of the community, via Letters to the Editor in The Maroon and public forums more broadly, to directly express their views.

Alex Ward, Former News Editor

Alexa Perlmutter, Associate Viewpoints Editor

Alexandra Nisenoff, Photo Editor

Anant Matai, Deputy Grey City Editor

Audrey Teo, Video Editor

Austin Christhilf, Podcast Editor

Brooke Nagler, Arts Editor and Photo Editor

Camille Kirsch, News Editor

Caroline Kubzansky, Grey City Editor and Deputy News Editor

Cole Martin, Viewpoints Editor

Deepti Sailappan, News Editor

Elaine Chen, News Editor

Feng Ye, Former News Editor and Photo Editor

Hunter Morgan, Social Media Editor

Jad Dahshan, Associate Arts Editor

Jason Lalljee, News Editor

Jeremy Lindenfeld, Photo Editor and Photographer

Katrina Lee, Chief Copy Editor

Lee Harris, News Editor

Matthew Herskowitz, Arts Editor

May Huang, Former Arts Editor

Meera Santhanam, Viewpoints Editor

Miles Burton, Podcast Editor and Deputy News Editor

Mohammed Bashier, Chief Copy Editor

Parker Mee, Podcast Editor

Patrick Lou, Chief Copy Editor

Peng-Peng Liu, Production Manager

Quinn Kane, Podcast Editor

Rhea Bhojwani, Sports Editor

Spencer Dembner, Fall 2018 News Editor

Tyrone Lomax, Former News Editor

Urvi Kumbhat, Former Viewpoints Editor

Zahra Nasser, Associate Viewpoints Editor

Zoe Bean, Deputy Arts Editor

Zoe Kaiser, Former Photo Editor

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