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The moral accomplices of the secret policemen

Posted by Word Camel on June 13, 2003

In Reply to: The moral accomplices of the secret policemen posted by Celia on June 13, 2003

: Hi,

: Could anyone help me with the bracketed sentence?

: The fundamental obligation of the reporter is to the truth. (Starting messing with that for any reason and you become the moral accomplices of the secret policemen.)

It means that if you report anything less than the truth, if you embellish stories or leave out information (i.e. start messing with the truth), even if it is in the service of good cause, you are just as morally wrong as the people whose conduct you disagree with (I'm assuing here that the writer thinks most journalists would not want to be on the same side as the secret police in a repressive regime).