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Monday, September 19, 2005

The Netherlands: Most leaked stories are not checked by journalists reveals study

A study by the University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, found that journalists do not check the accuracy of leaked stories in many cases, reports The Guardian. The researchers had asked editors and journalists from 50 Dutch newspapers. None of them thought that using leaked information poses a moral problem. The survey found that leaked information was published in two of three cases and the persons leaking the information, usually government employees, normally succeed to remain anonymous. As The Guardian reports, "The journalists questioned admitted they found the information leaked was often 'unbalanced, incomplete and lacking in detail' but said they were only likely to check its accuracy in an average of 34 per cent of cases." Editors said that leaked information was usually either "particularly topical or politically sensitive". Journalists also said that government employees usually seek contact with the press instead of the other way around. The study suggest that while prominent government staff is said to leak information verbally, provincial and municipal councillors pass memos or official documents.

Source: The Guardian

Posted by john burke on September 19, 2005 at 03:08 PM in o. Ethics and Press Freedom | Permalink


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