Company Uses Website To Go After Investigative Journalist

from the the-power-of-the-press dept

It's been noted plenty of times how the rise of the internet has really given the power of the press to anyone who wants it. Usually, they're talking about individuals who suddenly have a much louder microphone to make their case and tell their story. In some cases, things like blogs have allowed execs to respond to critics and engage people in a conversation. However, with some companies, apparently it goes beyond just responding to critics to what appears to be harassing them. Pointed out by E-Media Tidbits is a story where an investment company in South Africa didn't just respond to an article by an investigative journalist, but put up an entire website attacking the guy at a very personal level. In fact, they even registered the guy's name as the domain name for the site. Who knows who's right about the story in question. However, even if the company is completely right about the problems with the journalist's story, it appears their response is much more about attacking the journalist personally (specifically his age and training as a professional journalist) than any of the questions and issues he raised in the article. If anything, that makes the company look much worse -- but among the wonders of the "power of the internet press" is the ability to make mistakes much more publicly.

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    Mike (profile), 22 Jun 2005 @ 7:17pm

    Re: I don't understand this.

    Such standards we're held to! For the record... we post what we find interesting. We don't post on every story concerning any topic. Didn't realize we were required to.

    Anyway, what's interesting here isn't the registering of someone's name as a domain -- but that it was a company intimidating a journalist online. That's not what's happening in the other situations.

    However, if it's such a big concern to you, you can write about them all on your site.

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