Hiding race of minority perpetrators is extremely common, frequently prescribed by press codes. Sweden invented white pixelization or white pixelation of perp photos, so the race could not be determined. Rather the faces of dark skinned criminals would appear white.
Celf censorship often determines emphasis and slant: Black crime is barely mentioned, often excused or justified, while whites killing Blacks is blown out of proportion. Often self defense cases like in the Michael Brown and Darren Wilson case in Ferguson
The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette uses racial information in its crime reporting. According to deputy editor* Frank Fellone, the newspaper has used race in its "Police Beat" column "for years and years." The newsroom standard, according to Fellone, is "to use all available information provided by the police."
That's at odds with the conventions of many other news outlets, which avoid racial or ethnic identifiers unless they're important or, in some cases, if victims provide detailed descriptions. Newsrooms apply a standard test, according to a 2008 article from the Society of Professional Journalists: "[Is] the racial information useful to people in the community who might know the attacker or want to avoid harm themselves? Or [is] it so general that it only merely contribute[s] to stereotypes about one group or another?" ... Template:BQ\
Racists say or to contribute to true stereotypes, to general knowledge as to what type of people are criminal so they can be avoided. Like ghetto areas, etc.
The convention isn't a byproduct of modern political correctness. Roy Reed, former Arkansas Gazette reporter, national and foreign correspondent for the New York Times and longtime professor of journalism at the University of Arkansas, said for most of his career the standard was not to use race unless it was "pertinent" to the story. Similarly, Associated Press style says "references to race or nationality must be relevant to the story." ...
The St. Petersburg-based Poynter Institute has spent years collecting examples of racial bias in news stories to use as teaching aids in ethics and diversity programs. According to vice president and senior scholar Roy Peter Clark, the examples may spring from editors striving to be thorough. "But that's what judgment is for, making distinctions between pertinent details and casual ones."
((this seems poltically correct research work, needs checking))
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Don't publish video and photo of Black rapist
German public-TV station ZDF postpones airing a TV report about a black man raping a 21yo woman in Dortmund last march, because of concern, that it might add to current anti-immigrant attitudes among germans.
>the show 'Aktenzeichen XY' is used to reach out to the public for clues, after the traditional investigation fails >Dortmund police allegedly tried to intervene, to not postpone the airing and is very disappointed by the decision >'We don't want to add fuel to the fire and add to a bad atmosphere. The people don't deserve that.' chief editor Ina-Maria Reize-Wildemann
(only have a german link, mb google translate can help):
german tv-show “aktenzeichen XY” (a show that tries to solve crimes by re-enacting and drawing attention to them) won’t broadcast a finished segment about the rape of a 21-year-old woman, because the suspect is black.
editor-in-chief Ina-Maria Reize-Wildemann (pic related) justified the decision with the current negative disposition of germans against refugees since the person that local police had unsuccessfully tried to find with mugshots was black, reporting it “could increase prejudices against foreigners” “we don’t want to spread a negative atmosphere, these people do not deserve that”, Reize-Wildemann is quoted police spokesman Oliver Peiler reacted to the decision by saying “the dortmund (city where it happened) police do not have the authority or intent to manipulate the broadcast decision. since we only use public appeal as a last resort when cases could not get solved without public help, we are sad to acknowledge that a future solving of the crime seems unlikely.”
Editorial board did not want to "add fuel to the fire"
One day earlier, editor in chief Ina-Maria Reize-Wildemann of "Aktenzeichen XY" (file number XY) had justified her decision with right wing propaganda against refugees in Germany: "We don't want to add fuel to the fire and further promote bad attitudes. These people don't deserve this". She was referring to refugees, and the hateful comments in internet forums, and whose accomodations in Germany suffer attacks.
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