Deception in journalism is publishing or distributing information that is not true or correct. A journalist's goal is to provide the truth to their audiences but doing the opposite is not only against ethics, but it can also cause legal issues as well. Deception can take place by either fabricating information or omitting important information. Regardless of the scenario, most publications and organizations find either way unprofessional or unethical.

When it comes to omitting information, some organizations fight the morality behind deception, arguing that certain investigative journalists have to resort to deception in various forms in order to fulfill their pieces. They also claim that information should only really be reported if it is socially relevant.

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