martes, junio 01, 2004

Should a journalist be fired for taking part in a political protest?

The San Francisco Chronicle and its former technology, columnist Henry Norr, reached a settlement on Jan. 5 over the paper's dismissal of Mr. Norr last April, after he was arrested in a protest against the U.S. invasion of Iraq.

The core journalism issue at the heart of the dispute is not settled, however: How much of his or her individual right to free speech must a journalist surrender to avoid harming the newspaper's reputation for objectivity?

Should journalists be forbidden to take part in public protests on any issue? Do they give up their freedom of expression in order to avoid the reality or appearance of a conflict of interest between their personal beliefs and their need to be neutral as journalists?

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