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Do you think it is appropriate for news headlines to include the nationality of people arrested or suspects wanted for questioning by police?

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Who voted no?

Why shouldn't nationality be mentioned.

Every news media outlet around the world would highlight the nationality of a suspect in any case, what exactly is the issue here?

-7 ( +18 / -25 )

Who voted no?

Me. The moment you put it in the headline is the moment it becomes a sticking point and the only thing that should matter in the headline is that somebody has been arrested or is suspected. It’s important to mention but first paragraph is fine and it shouldn’t be continually referred to throughout the article 4 or 5 times.

4 ( +20 / -16 )

It just puts additional emphasis that the person is an outsider and from that country

11 ( +23 / -12 )

That's difficult for example,

"Man abducts young girl"

It would help if we had more info on the man. Young/old national/foreigner. color maybe, appearance.

In this case locating and finding the girl is the priority not the perp.

10 ( +15 / -5 )

“Chinese/American/French/Korean man abducts young girl” in a headline is no more helpful. The information required should come in the body of the article. A better headline would be “Police seek man for abduction of young girl” or even “Police looking for kidnapping suspect”

3 ( +15 / -12 )

“Chinese/American/French/Korean man abducts young girl” in a headline is no more helpful. The information required should come in the body of the article. A better headline would be “Police seek man for abduction of young girl” or even “Police looking for kidnapping suspect”

ok I can agree and fully accept that.

6 ( +14 / -8 )

No, it feeds into the notion that Japan can't get over race or nationalism

2 ( +15 / -13 )

"Chinese/American/French/Korean man abducts young girl" in a headline is no more helpful. 

One could say the same thing about gender, then the headline would become "Person abducts someone".

So yes, let's include nationality and other details.

3 ( +13 / -10 )

So yes, let’s include nationality and other details.

in the article I agree. Headline just needs to draw attention to the article. A headline that reads “25 year old American man with a prominent birthmark on his face and wearing an L.A. lakers team shirt sought for attempted abduction after arriving at Haneda on American Airlines flight *** from Los Angeles on Saturday” is too much.

-1 ( +9 / -10 )

I often decide from the headlines which articles I read, including the one's on JT.

Knew several copywriters back in the days of newspapers. They told me that the only purpose of the headline was to get people interested enough to read the article.

7 ( +10 / -3 )

Exactly. And me too. Nationality doesn’t draw my attention to an article.

4 ( +7 / -3 )

The media should also refrain from publishing any names or personal data until charges have been laid, and should discontinue the meaningless practice of identifying the suspects' employment status.

13 ( +14 / -1 )

It's clickbait. Nationality, race, religion should have no bearing on this.

3 ( +11 / -8 )

The article mentions whether the nationality should be included in the HEADLINE, not whether or not the nationality should be mentioned in the guts of the article.

As Toasted said it's just clickbait.

When reporting a case, specifics pertinent to the case will need to be mentioned, but In Bold in the first instance, allows for reinforcing stereotypes, esp considering most people only scan headlines and read few stories in detail.

10 ( +11 / -1 )

Not in the headline, no. It implies the nationality is somehow connected to the crime.

9 ( +12 / -3 )

'Or suspects' - that is a BLATANT NO.

6 ( +6 / -0 )

A headline that reads “25 year old American man with a prominent birthmark on his face and wearing an L.A. lakers team shirt sought for attempted abduction after arriving at Haneda on American Airlines flight *** from Los Angeles on Saturday” is too much.

Hey yo, no reason to describe the bad guy as wearing a Lakers shirt. If he is bad, I'd say a Celtics shirt is more fitting lol

2 ( +3 / -1 )

It wouldn't bother me if they would give the same weight to the same crimes. For example, Japanese women get assaulted every day by Japanese men, but if a foreign man grabs an a** at a bar then it's a top headline for days. If removing the nationality of the perpetrator makes the story not worth publishing, you might be racist.

Otherwise I don't care tbh.

6 ( +8 / -2 )

I bet people here would have zero problems if the media outlet of their home city/country focused and highlighted on the nationality of a criminal. For example, if a Japanese national was involved in homicide or some other crime, people here would have zero problems with that.

Yet, if a Japanese media outlet points out the nationality of a foreigner that committed a crime in Japan, then now it's 'racist' and 'xenophobic.'

Double standards and hypocrisy as per usual.

-6 ( +2 / -8 )

I bet people here would have zero problems if the media outlet of their home city/country focused and highlighted on the nationality of a criminal. For example, if a Japanese national was involved in homicide or some other crime, people here would have zero problems with that.

Nope, not me, you’d lose that bet. I just think it’s wrong to do it. The question wasn’t “... Japanese news headlines...”, the question was “... news headlines...” and for me I just think it shouldn’t be done.

3 ( +4 / -1 )

It's clickbait. Nationality, race, religion should have no bearing on this.

It depends. I wouldn’t say no. If you’re following a typical pattern of an individual(s) that use religion to justify an attack on innocent people or depending on where you live and there are high crimes that are perpetrated by certain ethnic or religious groups on a continual basis, then I don’t think it’s a problem to know racial or national background of the person.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

Simply" yes" as this is a transparency issue. If the police make public the details of a person of interest, those details should be allowed to be presented in any manner a media outlet desires. By asking the media outlets to censor these details, you undermine transparency of the justice system and the cooperation of the public.

-4 ( +1 / -5 )

If the only reason you're reading an article about a crime is because the headline lists the nationality, then you likely care far less about the crime and the victim than you do about the criminal/suspect's origins.

5 ( +5 / -0 )

It depends. I wouldn’t say no. If you’re following a typical pattern of an individual(s) that use religion to justify an attack on innocent people or depending on where you live and there are high crimes that are perpetrated by certain ethnic or religious groups on a continual basis, then I don’t think it’s a problem to know racial or national background of the person.

Totally. Every mass shooting in the US should be reported with the headline “White, Christian male guns down 11.” or something along those lines.

4 ( +5 / -1 )

Justice judges an individual who may have done a crime as the sole responsible for it.

Disclosing origin, sex, skin colour, political orientation, age, even name is irrelevant to the public and obscene.

Honestly, who need to know that apart from voyeurism and for ostentation purpose?

And blah blah blah, of course!

1 ( +2 / -1 )

oldman_13 - I bet people here would have zero problems if the media outlet of their home city/country focused and highlighted on the nationality of a criminal. For example, if a Japanese national was involved in homicide or some other crime, people here would have zero problems with that.

Wow! Have you ever been out of Japan? It against the law to reveal the ethnicity of any criminal in Australia. Only in specific cases where the ethnicity of a criminal is relevant to the actual crime is it revealed. Furthermore, unlike Japan, it is never used in the headline. To me, Japan's use of ethnicity in news headlines is only to promote angst against foreigners in Japan.

1 ( +2 / -1 )

Justice judges an individual who may have done a crime as the sole responsible for it.

Disclosing origin, sex, skin colour, political orientation, age, even name is irrelevant to the public and obscene.

Honestly, who need to know that apart from voyeurism and for ostentation purpose?

Ok but it is a little more complicated than that. When a person makes a legal complaint they are saying publicly that a specific entity, within a specific time frame, harmed them in specific way. Now how do we determine the specific entity? Through any information observable like name, age, sex, and origin. Without these identifiers the police could blame any person for any crime against any person regardless of the facts. This transparency keeps everyone honest, even if the media decides to cherry pick the publicly disclosed information, which is what they are doing and why this poll exist.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

How about: “Japanese CEO of Nissan arrested for corruption”?

1 ( +1 / -0 )

A suspect is just a suspect, he or she is innocent until proven guilty, so no private information should be given out.

0 ( +1 / -1 )

Certainly. 99% of the time it will be NIHONJIN.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

If it is important to the news story, yes. It's a... wait for it... CASE BY CASE issue.

0 ( +0 / -0 )

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