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Key People In Hacking Scandal

July 18, 2011 by staff 

Key People In Hacking ScandalKey People In Hacking Scandal, The phone-hacking scandal of the now defunct tabloid News of Rupert Murdoch, the world continues to bounce around Britain, reducing powerful figures. But if there is a lesson long term these revelations about the unethical tactics of some journalists, is as follows:
The media consumers have choices and can choose not to read watch or listen to news unearthed in ways that violate their own standards of decency. Methods are important, not only the results.

Judges do not tolerate the evidence gathered by the court means twisted. Mall shoppers would not buy clothes made by child labor or the purchase of a diamond sold as fuel wars in Africa. Many consumers do not eat endangered fish species or use of wood unless it is cut from sustainable forests.

Industries respond to customer standards, and the news business is no different. The News of the World, for example, had been opened in the past about the use of private voice mails to reveal a sensational story, and yet millions of Britons of all kinds continued to buy the publication. Only when it emerged that the document had hacked voicemail Milly Dowler hostages was finally teen readers react with moral outrage.

This scandal about a popular tabloid Murdoch forced to close the newspaper 160 years old, and personally apologized to the family of the dead girl. Official probes are underway both on the piracy and the alleged bribes to the police for advice on politicians, royalty and celebrities.

Still missing from this evolving story is a focus on the appetite for scandal knows no bounds. Supercompetitive British media – not just the Murdoch tabloid – can continue to test the limits of ethical tactics to try to get juicy scoops. While the media certainly hard to dig for news, but should also be transparent about their methods and not engage in deception and dishonesty – and certainly not illegal means.

Many news organizations reveal their codes of conduct, such as not paying for the news and never allow journalists to pretend to be someone you are not in a covert operation. Press photos cannot be altered and contributions cannot be recovered.

It is up to editors to journalists who follow the rules and to reveal violations when they occur. But consumers also should not tolerate tricks in journalism. And they are able to keep the journalists responsible for news media ethics boycott until clean up their act.

Methods of news can only be as good as the audience demand. And with 24 / 7 emergency today for news of all kinds on the Internet, the temptations can grow only the use of devious means in the reports.

The British piracy scandal could have a silver lining by placing a mirror to news consumers and forced to think twice about the methods of the news organizations, especially the tabloids focused democracy and celebrities play media voyeurism. The integrity of journalism is a two way street and both sides need to be paved with high principles.

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