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According to research conducted by the Carnegie Trust and Demos, the Financial Times is considered to be the most ethical UK newspaper. The study, which surveyed a representative sample of 2000 adults across the UK, found that 57% of respondents thought the FT operates in an ethical manner, higher than any other title.
Duncan O’Leary, lead author of the report and deputy director of Demos said: “Following the phone-hacking scandal, trust in newspapers is at an all time low. Despite that, our survey of the public found the FT to be the most trusted of all UK newspapers, with a clear majority agreeing that the paper operates ethically, with due regard to the public interest.â€ť
â€śInvestigative journalism serves a vital democratic function in our society. The best journalists are already open and transparent about how stories have been obtained, so that readers decide whether they have overstepped the mark to get a story. Spreading this practice throughout the industry would go a long way to restoring trust.”
The full report, which explores public attitudes towards free speech, privacy and
investigative journalism, can be found at: http://www.carnegieuktrust.org.uk/getattachment/8f98195f-4b95-4f0f-aa52-dd79cd3b5177/Voicing-the-Public-Interest.aspx