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The Insider

The development of the contemporary business is closely intertwined with business ethics. Ideally, companies should not violate ethical norms, but often they violate ethical norms and use legal means to protect them from lawsuits. In this regard, it is possible to refer to the film The Insider (1999), which reveals the unethical behavior of a large tobacco corporation, which maximizes its profits at costs of customers, while a reporter, L. Bergam, attempts to uncover the unethical behavior of the corporation with the help of Wigand, who possessed detailed information and facts about policies of the public corporation.

In fact, Lowell Bergman and Wigand face considerable risks. Bergman faces the risk of the tobacco corporation filing a lawsuit against CBS and he will face a risk of losing his job because it would be him who would cause financial losses of CBS. Wigand faced the risk of ruining his career, if he agreed on the interview. At the same time, CBS faced the risk of the lawsuit from the part of the tobacco corporation, which could cost CBS billions of dollars. Therefore, CBS would suffer substantial financial losses.

In such a situation, the large tobacco corporation was protected by the tortuous interference, which insured the protection of the secret information of the corporation from being publicized. The large corporation attempts to maximize its profits, regardless of the risk to the public health. In such a situation, media should strive for the truth at any cost because the media should control large corporations and protect interests of the public.

Thus, The Insider gives insight toward the right work of media and journalists, who should guard interests of the public.