Why name offenders?
Re: Publishing the names of minor court offenders each week.
I wonder if the time has come to stop publishing the names of offenders in the local paper.
The shaming of people by publishing their names not only affects them but their children, parents, brothers and sisters, grandparents and the wider whanau members who have done no wrong and do not deserve to have their family name treated in this way because of the actions of one family member.
It also further alienates the offender from their community at a time that maybe they could do with more support to get them back on the right track.
As an editor I wonder what you feel the purpose of naming minor offenders serves to the readers of The Gisborne Herald.
See today’s editorial