Herald: WBZ fires Jonic after FBI story flap

Larry Weil kc1ih@mac.com
Thu Aug 4 11:33:22 EDT 2005

At 11:22 AM -0400 8/4/05, Bob Nelson wrote:
>The Herald reports that longtime WBZ reporter Flo Jonic was fired
>yesterday after the station refused to run the story she did on
>potential security flaws at the FBI's Boston office (AND
>after she expressed her displeasure in a memo to the entire newsroom staff).
>Interesting situation here: "(t)he FBI told WBZ that reporting such a
>story would be reckless and could put lives in danger". What's more
>important, our security or freedom of the press? I'd hate to see our
>adversaries take advantage of info like this getting out (security
>flaws at the fed agency) but there's also a chilling effect on the
>press. As the talk radio expression goes, "there's a slippery slope

There's also the point that if such leaks are not reported, there is 
no pressure for them to be fixed, thus putting more lives in danger 
in the future.

Larry Weil
Lake Wobegone, NH

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