John Bevins wrote:
Hi MyView (and anyone else)
What do you think about a journalist hacking voicemail, illegally, to expose corruption or criminal activities?
So, your question is, is it ethical to violate the law or do something unethical to catch people violating the law? The answer is, no. One could scarcely say that hacking Rupert Murdoch's phone to catch Rupert Murdock hacking other people's phones is ethical because Rupert Murdoch's hacking was illegal and unethical and he needs to be caught.
Not even if they're journalists who I have never noticed were a particularly ethical group of people. I have an unnamed but highly placed and irrefutable source that says 99% of the journalists are corrupt. That's called "sourcing".
Now, as to the sacking. The critical test for sacking journalists seems to be did they embarrass the news outlet or the profession in general. Lying, plagarizing, fabricating sources, and other ethical violations are not a problem unless they become public. Then there's sacking. Jason Blair, New York Times, was caught more than once by co-workers and kept moving up in the organization until his unethical behavior was made public. Then he got fired.
So, would a newspaper fire an employee who hacked cell phones, hacked computers, and so forth if it did not become a public relations issue? My guess is, most often, no.