"The Ethics of Going Undercover" - Kathy English - Toronto Star

"The Ethics of Going Undercover" - Kathy English - Toronto Star

by: Kathy English | publication date: October 9, 2010 | Publication: Toronto Star |

"Did the end justify the means here? Did this exposé of the profound neglect Brazao witnessed meet the public interest test? I have no doubt this was the right course of action. This investigation met all of the thresholds journalism ethicists have laid down for undercover reporting: The information is vital to the public interest (particularly given the demographics of an aging population and a severe shortage of nursing home beds); there was no other way to get this story and know the conditions inside the home, and the nature of the deception was fully disclosed to readers. . ."

Toronto Star public editor Kathy English discusses Dale Brazao's nursing home assignment and the ethics of going undercover.

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