07/01/2006: "Private Investigator Vs Journalist"
When's an investigator not an investigator?
... When he's a journalist.
It was pointed out in one of the private investigation industry's magazines this week that in the UK, private investigators will need to be licensed to carr out investigations, but journalists will not! A journalist and an investigator often carry out very similar assignments to investigate a case, the difference being that a private investigator reports to a client and the journalist writes a story.
The fact that journalists will not have to be licensed, or "investigative journalists" won't be licensed is a testiment to how powerful the media is! It's also known that more journalists get into trouble in courts for breaking the law on investigations than private investigators do! So shouldn't they need more licensing???
That's somethign for the government to mull over...