Should suicide reports be public information?

One Missouri lawmaker, Rep. Genise Monticello, D-Affton, argues that such reports do not serve the public interest when used as source material by media organizations, instead often hindering a suicide victim’s recovery. She has proposed House Bill 2473 to limit access to such documents.

The editorial board of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch vehemently disagrees, saying that these reports ought to remain publicly accessible, especially at times when an elected official is directly involved.

Read the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opinion piece here, and an Associated Press piece on HB 2473 here.

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Author: Zachary Reger

A graduate of the University of Missouri with degrees in journalism, philosophy and film studies, Zach's primary interests lie in political reporting, media production and social philosophy.

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