Journalists' guidelines on suicide to shed light on reporting taboo

THE tragedy that dares not speak its name in thousands of communities across the country is to be given more open media coverage with the release of new reporting standards on suicide by the Australian Press Council. "There should not be a taboo on reporting of this kind," the chairman of the Press Council, Julian Disney, said yesterday."It is important to be very careful, however, when the material is likely to be read or seen by people who might be especially vulnerable -- for example, because of their age or mental health -- and relates to suicides by their peers or by celebrities."

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