"A cheap way to deliver quick results as newspapers slug it out in hard times" - Phillip Knightley - The Independent

"A cheap way to deliver quick results as newspapers slug it out in hard times" - Phillip Knightley - The Independent

by: Phillip Knightley | publication date: May 24, 2010 | Publication: The Independent |

". . .The ethics about undercover reporting are far from clear. The journalist has to weigh the public interest of the story and the importance of what is being revealed, against the opprobrium of the technique and the victim's feeling, often shared by the reader, that they have been lied to and deceived. Donal MacIntyre, who went undercover many times for the BBC, said: 'The golden rule is this: as an undercover reporter you must never encourage anyone to say or do anything they would not otherwise do if you had not been there' . . ."

The ethics of undercover reporting are questioned when the Duchess of York bribes a businessman for cash.

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