More than 300 journalists are accredited for the trial of Robert Pickton, accused of murdering many prostitutes. The saturation coverage borders on atrocious pornography.
What are we going to find out from it? We are going to find out — or some reporters, editors and readers hope we’re going to find out — exactly how a number of women were sexually killed. Why do we want to know that? What excuse can we have for not averting our gaze?
Not from the fact that they were killed horribly. Nor the question whether some of our laws should be changed to help save others from this fate. And I do not object to news features that give the victims names, histories and the fond recollections of friends and family. But we don’t need to know how they died or where the body parts were found. Nor should we want to. Continue Reading →
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