Last Friday, two MU students sprinkled balls of cotton all around the front lawn of the University's Gaines Oldham Black Culture Center. This morning, two men were were arrested and charged with tampering and a class D felony hate crime. The Columbia Missourian, the paper for which I covered matters of race and class, decided to publish the vague addresses for the each of the accused. When questioned on Twitter and in the comments on the article in which the addresses were published, the Opinion Editor responded, saying that it's the Missourian's policy to give enough information about the offenders so that their identities will not be confused.

I don't think their addresses were relevant to the story, as their names, campus involvement and photographs also ran. In fact, I think the Missourian's doing so could border on negligence. What would you have done?
 


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