Reprieve for Jill Meagher's Wikipedia page

The Wikipedia page dedicated to murdered Brunswick woman Jill Meagher will be retained, after it was revealed it faced deletion because administrators questioned whether her death met the online encyclopaedia's criterion of being "notable" enough to warrant its own page.

The deletion warning, placed at the top of the page titled "Death of Jill Meagher", has been removed, meaning the page has been accepted as an official part of the popular website.

The page, created by an unknown user, has been extensively updated to include a brief description of Ms Meagher's last known movements, the use of social media during her disappearance, the police investigation and public grief.

It also includes links to more than a dozen newspaper articles from across the globe.

Wikipedia administrators had objected to the page early this month, stating the high-profile case may not meet its criteria as a "note-worthy" event, despite Ms Meagher's disappearance and death creating global headlines. The case prompted two peaceful protests in Brunswick that attracted more than 30,000 people and reviews of closed-circuit television in parts of Melbourne.

The 29-year-old Irish national disappeared on September 21, 2012, after leaving a Brunswick bar where she had shared drinks with fellow ABC workers. She was walking home when she was allegedly abducted from Sydney Road. Her body was found a week later in a shallow grave in Gisborne South.

Coburg man Adrian Ernest Bayley, 41, has been charged with her rape and murder.

Wikipedia had invited users and contributors to comment on whether the case warrants its own page or should be removed or amended to better coincide with the website's terms and conditions.

Several Wikipedia users commented on the page during the review process, with one stating that events should be included only if they had a "lasting influence" or had an impact on society over the long term.

Another said the coverage surrounding the publicity surrounding the case was a result of "missing white woman syndrome".

This story Reprieve for Jill Meagher's Wikipedia page first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.