I think the answer to the question about how newspapers should report highly-charged issues is quite simply to be professional. Avoid defamation, cut through the spin and, above all, follow the industry Code of Practice.
Clauses 1 (Accuracy and 2 (Opprotunity to Reply) of the Editor's Code are key. Taking care not to publish inaccurate or misleading information is critical Correcting inaccuracies and distortions is also essential. An opportunity to reply must be offered to wronged individuals.
Newspapers must dintinguish clearly between 'comment, conjecture and fact'. however, unlike TV and radio, the Press is free to be partisan.
So editors do not have to junp through hoops to be absolutely even-handed to both sides.
They are free, provided they follow the rules, to campaign, interrogate, criticise and question; even on this most emotional of subjects.