Christopher Wenn, Associate in the Media Team, writes about IPSO guidance in relation to reporting fatalities.
A recent IPSO blog post addressed conclusions from research in the PLOS One journal, which investigated suicide rates in the US following the highly publicised suicide of actor and comedian Robin Williams. The key conclusion from the research was that, in the immediate months following on from Williams’ death, there was a higher than expected number of suicide cases. Whilst not causally linked, the researchers said the events appeared to be connected. In addition, the research addressed the way in which the actor’s death was reported, noting that US media outlets did not follow guidelines from the World Health Organisation concerning celebrity suicide and the prevention of simulative acts.