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The decision to stop printing the name and photo of the 9-year-old kidnapping victim
A case prepared by David Yarnold, Editor, San Jose Mercury News and Susan Goldberg, Executive Editor, San Jose Mercury News
When a 9-year-old San Jose girl was abducted from her home one Friday afternoon, we hit the story with everything we had. We had her name and photo splashed on front page for the next two days. On Monday, June 9, our paper blared the news that she had been found safe, along with a photograph of her leaving the East Palo Alto Police Department. We later learned she had been sexually assaulted. It's our policy not to name victims of sexual assault. We stopped using her name and photograph.