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The next time a reporter asks you to comment on a potentially controversial topic, be conscious of what might happen to you.
You could be misquoted by the reporter who is more interested in getting a scoop than reporting the truth and your ‘quotes’ could be posted on the internet for the world to see.
Your ‘comment’ might even be used to generate an online poll and lead to hundreds of comments being made; some of which could be critical and hurtful to yourself.
I belong to a nationally-active community organisation which has an interest in the protection of the Australian environment. Recently, an environmental problem arose in a region which our organisation wanted to publicly comment on.
We are qualified to comment on this issue and have a track-record in the area. But this is not just a local problem.
We approached our local journalist, for an opportunity to express our views on the issue as we believe it affected the region in which it was occurring. However, the journalist refused to conduct an interview with us.