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chequebook journalism

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(Journalism & Publishing) the practice of securing exclusive rights to material for newspaper stories by paying a high price for it, regardless of any moral implications such as paying people to boast of criminal or morally reprehensible activities
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The phone hacking scandal may have sounded the death knell for investigative journalism and so-called cheque book journalism.
The book reveals the extent of cheque book journalism and unethical tactics that goes on in the national press and that those cheques, or brown envelopes, aren't just going to cynical kiss 'n' tell babes and con artists.
But while everyone and his brother is condemning hacking telephones, why is raising the issue of cheque book journalism not also being addressed?
When the Daily Telegraph first disclosed details of the expenses scandal, he gave a pompous interview to Radio 4 Today programme accusing the newspaper of stooping to cheque book journalism.
Yes, it was, ultimately, cheque book journalism by the Daily Telegraph, that bought the details from an insider.
We thoroughly deplore,for instance, the cheque book journalism that buys stories and distorts facts.