The shootout, the US agent and the media

In late January, Raymond Davis, an American working in Pakistan, allegedly shot and killed two men who he claimed were trying to rob him. Soon after the shooting it emerged in the Pakistani media that Davis was a CIA operative, but that information did not surface in the US media until weeks later. That is because – at the behest of the US government – many media outlets there withheld that information. It was not until the UK’s Guardian newspaper reported that Davis worked for the CIA that the US media began acknowledging it.

This week Listening Post not only looks at the coverage of this story but the journalistic ethics involved because what for one nation’s media is a matter of national security, is a breaking news story in another.