Movement emerging to stop naming rampage killers

Reports on mass shootings can contribute to contagion.

When a gunman killed 50 people and wounded 50 more in two New Zealand mosques last week, Washing Post columnist Megan McArdle observed that "the media’s own role in perpetuating this unholy cycle of violence seldom comes up," and argued that: "Media companies should decline to give their horrible crimes extensive coverage, and audiences should decline to consume it."

"The wall-to-wall coverage teaches men who may not be able to get a job or a girlfriend that, nonetheless, in something under an hour, they can become Genghis Khan." - Megan McArdle, Washington Post

"The quest for notoriety and infamy is a well known motivating factor in rampage mass killings and violent copycat crimes," according to nonotoriety.com, which was founded by the parents of Alex Teves, who was killed in the Aurora, Colorado mass shooting in 2012.

" In an effort to reduce future tragedies, we CHALLENGE THE MEDIA – calling for RESPONSIBLE MEDIA COVERAGE FOR THE SAKE OF PUBLIC SAFETY when reporting on individuals who commit or attempt acts of rampage mass violence thereby depriving violent like minded individuals the media celebrity and media spotlight they so crave." - notoriety.com

Read the No Notoriety Media Protocol: To reduce rampage acts of violence due to media-inspired fame

Similar guidelines have been put forth by reportingonmassshootings.org, a site produced by SAVE, which was already one of the nation’s first organizations dedicated to the prevention of suicide.

You can download a free copy of their: Recommendations for Reporting on Mass Shootings

Here are the site's Top 3 Things We Want You to Know:
* Research shows that the manner in which media reports on mass shootings can contribute to contagion (copycat behavior). Responsible reporting can reduce risk.
* The majority of people who live with a mental health condition are non-violent. Also, those who carry out mass shootings oftentimes have not been formally diagnosed with a mental health condition.
* Responsible reporting on mass shootings can educate the public and reduce the risk of future violence.

New Zealand Prime Minister Adern is promising to adhere to the practice:

“He may have sought notoriety, but we in New Zealand will give him nothing. Not even his name."

Watch Adern:

"Speak the names of those who were lost rather than the name of the man who took them." - Adern

"Ardern said social media platforms needed to take responsibility for what was published on them," according to Buzzfeed:

The CBC reported on the contagion risk as well today:

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