When Is it Ethical to Publish Stolen Data?

Helen Lewis has a lengthy, and thought-provoking piece on Nieman Reports that asks,

Journalists have been accused of invading privacy, threatening national security, and breaching copyright by publishing such stories, and their sources might lose their jobs, their freedom, or even their lives. So how should reporters and editors decide whether to publish and how much to redact? And what technical know-how do they need to protect whistleblowers?

It’s an issue I grapple with every week, if not every day, and while I’ve established a general “policy” for my sites based on my ethical standards and understanding of journalistic ethics, I understand that others in the same position may reach very different conclusions about what to do in any one situation.

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