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The Chiquita Phone Hacking Scandal

Friday, November 25, 2011

13 years ago a phone hacking scandal shook up journalism when the Cincinnati Enquirer published 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 in a story that first aired in July of 2011.

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