"Did a Post Photographer Cross a Line to Get a Picture of John Hinckley?" - Andrew Alexander, Ombudsman - Washington Post

Byline: Andrew Alexander; 2010-05-02; The Washington Post; pages A15

Report: Undercover Journalism Debated

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"News organizations often struggle with where to draw the liine on privacy and whether to comply with prohibitions that can be excessively restrictive. Sometimes, they consciously violate the rules -- explicit or implied -- for the public good. Several years ago {Michel) duCille visited a patient treatment center with cameras hidden in a gym bag to document substandard conditions at Walter Reed Army Medica Center . . . "

Description:Ombudsman for the Washington Posts asks if a Post photographer crossed the line in entering a mental institution to take a present-day photographer of the man who shot President Reagan in 1981.

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