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Etukuri Arrest and the Dilemma for Newsrooms
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More than a month after Charles Etukuri, a senior journalist at the Vision Group, was kidnapped and held incommunicado for a week, there is still debate about the conduct of journalists when covering security services. Many scholars rightly argue that journalists and intelligence services share a common interest--information--and that the relationship between the two is an enduring one. Both collect information but for different audiences and purposes. While spies are in the business of secrecy, the business of journalists is that of exposure, including watching over the intelligence agencies. Herein lies the line that journalists ought to observe at all times.

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