Splitting hacking hairs: Journalistic ethics 101

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https://twitter.com/theintercept/status/788807180690464768 screenshot-Whaleoil

So let me get this straight…
A criminal hacker illegally hacking e-mails is okay.
A criminal hacker dumping all the hacked material so that it available for the public to sift through it is not okay.
A journalist accepting the hacked e-mails from a criminal hacker is okay
A journalist sifting through all the hacked material is okay.
A journalist deciding what juicy details will be shown to the public and which one won’t is okay.

Hmmmmmmmm

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Essentially the point the journalist makes in this?twitter audio file?is that the public have a right to know anything government related that is hacked/stolen but that the privacy of individuals e-mails should be respected. What is unclear is whether or not she means individuals’ work e-mail addresses or personal e-mail addresses? Then you have to ask where do they draw the line? What if the personal e-mails were discussing work/government related issues? By allowing hacked as opposed to leaked information, Pandora’s box has been opened by the Media.

 

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