The Chiquita Phone Hacking Scandal
Friday, July 08, 2011
14 years ago another phone hacking scandal shook up journalism - but this one was in the Cincinnati Enquirer and it involved a year-long investigation of global fruit behemoth Chiquita. The resulting piece uncovered many examples of Chiquita breaking the law and endangering its workers but it was almost completely forgotten two months later when the Enquirer disclosed and apologized for one of its reporters breaking into Chiquita's voicemail system. It's taught as a journalistic ethics object lesson but Brooke and Poynter ethics professor Kelly McBride disagree about what the lesson should be.