Why does the media protect the names of alleged murderers?


This week, a 22-year-old man named Patrick Orren Stephenson was arrested for the murder of Ballarat woman Samantha Murphy. We now know his name, but his identity was initially kept secret under a suppression order. In this deep dive, we delve into exactly what a suppression order is, what we know about the alleged murder of Samantha Murphy and why the alleged killer of Samantha Murphy couldn’t initially be named.

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