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Conflicts of Interest
Conflicts of interest

Whose round is it? What are we havin'? Where's the pub? When's it open? Why don't we have another one?

The 5 Ws of journalism (Ian Hislop and Ian Nick Newman)

The Duke of Wellington's famous phrase, ‘Publish and be damned’ is sometimes taken to be a ringing endorsement of the principle of freedom of speech. In fact, it was an insult hurled at a corrupt reporter attempting to extort money from the Duke for suppression of a scurrilous story about him. ‘Conflicts of interest’ were the order of the day for reporters of earlier times. You paid your money and you got your favourable (or suppression of unfavourable) coverage. Newspapers emerged out of a world of contentious reports of battles, diplomatic ...

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