chapter  10
Private Lives, Public Interests in a Digital World
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WHEN The Washington Post was working on its 2007 story revealing deplorable conditions encountered by wounded Iraq War veterans at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, its guidelines for respecting individual privacy included showing and identifying only those who gave the paper specific (and informed) permission. One highly newsworthy photo, which was said to capture particularly well the almost surreal situation at the hospital, was never run-because of concerns that some of the veterans in the photo could be identified without their permission (Priest, 2008).