The Tampa Bay Times will stop publishing its online mugshot gallery, which features people who have been arrested in the newspaper’s coverage area.
The Times made the announcement on Monday.
“The galleries lack context and further negative stereotypes,” said Tampa Bay Times Executive Editor Mark Katches. “We think the data is an important resource that our newsroom will continue to analyze and watch carefully, but the galleries alone serve little journalistic purpose.”
Katches added that the newspaper will still publish individual mugshots with stories when arrests have been made.
The Tampa Bay Times isn’t the only Florida newspaper to stop publishing mugshot galleries. The South Florida Sun-Sentinel announced it would get rid of its mugshot gallery on Friday.
“We’ve come to realize that without context, the galleries have little journalistic value and may have reinforced negative stereotypes,” the newspaper wrote.
The newspaper chain Gannett also opted to stop publishing the arrest photos, The Hill reports.
IMO: Interesting how the concept of “context and furthering a negative stereotype” is lost upon those who think citizens should be subjected to a registry…
Registries are punitive! Ugh!