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Journalistic ethics: an oxymoron?

BMJ 2002; 324 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.324.7329.0/i (Published 12 January 2002) Cite this as: BMJ 2002;324:i

People usually rank journalists near the bottom in scales of trustworthiness and honesty. Particularly in Britain, where newspapers run salacious stories on page 3 and editorials promoting family values on p 10, the idea of journalistic ethics seems ludicrous. Rather it's the ethics of street markets and cockfighting. But editors try to think ethically, and we've struggled with two problems this week.

The meta-analysis of antiplatelet therapy published on p 71 is a hugely important study. The previous version was judged to be one of the top 10 international medical developments in the year it was published. Today's …

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