Is digging through the EFF's trash for journalism going too far?

Is digging through the EFF's trash for journalism going too far?

- An article about the contents of the EFF's trash has sparked debate online

- The article found R60 000 worth of empty alcohol bottles in the Red Berets' rubbish

- Some claim this revelation was in the public's interest while others say it violates the EFF's privacy

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An article published by the Daily Maverick concerning the contents of the EFF's trash following their stay at a Camps Bay guesthouse has caused a stir online.

The article revealed that the Red Berets had racked up a R60 000 bill over the weekend. It used this lavish expenditure as a way of exploring issues of hypocrisy in the party, as it spouts revolutionary rhetoric and says it is fights for economic transformation.

Not everyone was impressed with the article, however. Some have said that the journalists went too far by going through the EFF's trash.

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Herman Wasserman, a UCT professor, says that going through someone's rubbish is "extreme" and potentially a violation of privacy, according to News24. Wasserman said that this amounts to a kind of surveillance and that journalists tread a fine line by breaching privacy in this way. 

However, Wits academic Glena Daniels says that, at least in the case of the EFF's trash, journalists are protected because the story is in the public interest.

Daniels explains that it is in the interest of citizens to know whether the EFF spends R60 000 on alcohol and entertainment in a single weekend because the party claims that it is pro-poor, has gathered.

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Ultimately, the article raises questions about the conflict between privacy and the public interest. It is up to citizens to decide for themselves how they feel about the matter. The EFF, however, has not been pleased by the article.

The party's spokesperson described the piece as "trash journalism", while some EFF supporters have slammed the authors on social media.

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