Should a suicide blog on Yahoo be given new life?

Aug 19, 2013

On the day of his suicide Martin Manley published a blog that details what led to his decision. Yahoo decided to take the blog down, but many other sites have re-posted Manley’s blog content.

Last Thursday Kansas City sports reporter Martin Manley took his own life. That same day, he published a blog that detailed what led to his decision. Manley’s sister told Slate that Manley pre-paid Yahoo to host the site for five years. However, Yahoo took down the site on Friday night citing a violation of its terms of service. Manley’s sister, Barbie Flick, is trying to get Yahoo to republish the blog; but meanwhile, many other sites have republished Manley’s final words.

Should Yahoo have taken down Manley’s blog? Is the blog’s existence honoring Manley’s last wishes or should his last words be less public?

Didi Hirsch’s 24-hour toll free suicide prevention crisis line: 877 727 4747


Stephen Wu, a partner in the law firm Cooke, Kobrick and Wu; he served as the 2010-2011 Chair of the American Bar Association’s section of science and technology law.

Sandri Kramer, crisis line director of the Didi Hirsch Suicide Prevention Center

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