The Guardian being Hypocrites, today
Now, I don’t usually have cause to complain about The Guardian and the ethics of their reporting but something’s caught my eye today.
Yesterday, related the the suicide of nurse Jacintha Saldanha, they ran a story about The Samaritans reissuing their advice to the reporting of suicides. As The Guardian ran the piece, I assumed that they agreed with their stance.
The Samaritans have detailed guidelines on reporting suicide, including to avoid technical details or speculation of the method. The guidance warns against reporting suspected reasons for a suicide and advises not to disclose the contents of any suicide note.
So, today I see this, which contains:
One of three apparent suicide notes left by the nurse at the centre of the royal hoax phone call criticised staff at the King Edward VII hospital where she worked, the Guardian has learned.
Come on now, Guardian. You should be better than that.