How do I deal with the media?

If the murder attracts much public attention, the media will be very anxious to talk with you and members of your family. They may phone you repeatedly and station themselves outside your house. You may want to have a plan of how to deal with them. 

  • If there is someone in your circle of family and friends who is comfortable with the media, you can assign them to be the contact person to deal with the media.

  • If you want to talk to the media, but you need some time beforehand, you can tell them to give you an interview at a later date.

  • You may want to use the media to work for you. Sometimes talking with the media can help with missing person cases or asking people to come forward with information about the case. Talk with the investigator before talking to the media in this way as they may have suggestions on what to say.

And remember, if you do not want to talk to the media, it's okay to say, “I don’t want to say anything now.”

Mennonite Central Committee Canada. (2011). Getting through the maze: A guidebook for survivors of homicide.

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