When the body of 16-year-old Ángeles Rawson was found in a waste plant in a building of a waste disposal company in Buenos Aires in June, 2013, the media soon began to cover the case intensively. Ángeles’ murderer had sexually abused and then strangled and suffocated her, before bringing the body to a waste container. Media attention was immense. Hours of live broadcasting and intensive coverage in both offline and online media included a number of “ethically and journalistically questionable practices” (FOPEA, 2013a): Several news outlets “identified” possible suspects, accused employees of the waste disposal company and the victim’s family members of being involved, and told their audience the full names of these self-identified suspects.
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