- Isabel Oakeshott leaked more than 100,000 WhatsApp messages of Matt Hancock for the purposes of ghostwriting a memoir.
- Those who defend Oakeshott argue that she has put the public interest first, while those who denounce her say she breached the fundamental principle of journalism by betraying the trust of a 'confidential source'.
- The argument over Oakeshott's ethics seem to be less determined by ethics and more by position on the government's response to the pandemic.
- It is important to remember the role of the press is to hold power to account and report on the world as it is, not as it should be.
- Now is the time to double down on long-held journalistic principles, not abandon them.
You don’t restore trust in the media by abandoning objectivity
An argument over the ethics of journalism, Isabel Oakeshott's leak of messages for the purposes of ghostwriting a memoir by Matt Hancock, and the importance of fundamental journalistic principles in the current political climate.