"Journalism: To Sting or Not to Sting?" - Roy Greenslade - The Guardian

"Journalism: To Sting or Not to Sting?" - Roy Greenslade - The Guardian

The line that editors walk between legitimate investigation and entrapment can sometimes be a fine one

by: Roy Greenslade | publication date: June 2, 2013 | Publication: The Guardian |

". . .These are especially obvious when undercover reporting methods and elaborate subterfuge are used. Editors overseeing such investigations have to ask themselves several questions. The first one is the most crucial of all: is there enough prima facie evidence of wrongdoing by a person to warrant a sophisticated sting operation? . . ."

Roy Greenslade questions the legitimacy of investigative reporting. He uses several examples of times he thinks reporting has been taken too far and times when he feels reporting undercover has been justifiable.

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