Comments on: Do financial journalists routinely break the law? http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/ A slice of lime in the soda Sun, 26 Oct 2014 19:05:02 +0000 hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.5 By: GingerYellow http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/comment-page-1/#comment-11231 Mon, 18 Jan 2010 10:24:21 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/#comment-11231 Yeah, the lawyer’s letter is pretty clear that the cash reward part is what prompted action. Although it seems that the law doesn’t distinguish between monetary inducement and other kinds.

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By: mushr00m http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/comment-page-1/#comment-11178 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 19:43:47 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/#comment-11178 Hah. I think it’s a pretty good thing that journalists don’t think about it too much. Chilling effect and all that, ya know.

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By: Sandrew http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/comment-page-1/#comment-11175 Fri, 15 Jan 2010 18:56:33 +0000 http://blogs.reuters.com/felix-salmon/2010/01/15/do-financial-journalists-routinely-break-the-law/#comment-11175 “Now it’s pretty hard to imagine who would ever sue a journalist for inducing such a statutory violation.”

Er, you mean besides Apple? Or are the Gawker folks (and legion others who traffic in Apple news and rumors) not “journalists?” I recall a college kid shutting down his Apple rumor blog a few years ago over precisely this kind of threat from Apple.

Also, the key difference between the Gawker case and the financial journalist example: Gawker is offering cash rewards, which seems to me a clear act of inducement, whereas the financial journalist is merely asking for information (no consideration); the latter seems far less clear-cut.

Other interesting questions: Should there be a journalistic safe haven? [My view: No.] If so, should Gawker count? [My view: Yes.]

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