I am the editor of a small college magazine. In an article that was recently submitted to me, as part of the story, the author named two people who ragged him (harassed him). I have sufficient proof to believe this is true. It is also important for the cause he argues for in his article that he names the two people.
Now, I have noticed that publications generally do not name private individuals. Even if they know for sure that they have committed the crime. Why is this the case?
(I am aware of the different defamation laws for private and public figures, but why not name people you know for sure have committed a crime?)
Edit: The author wants to file a formal complaint, and attach it with the article, to show that he takes complete responsibility for the accusations.