Great article. I’d managed to piece together most of the story, but now there’s a single link to hand off to anybody asking for explanation.
- By hiring Sarah Jeong the NYTimes has demonstrated that no PRC person (really, no person living under any repressive government) can trust the “integrity” of any of their reporters. Just as with Vice, if some editor looking for clicks decides to abrogate the agreement, there’s little the victim can do, and types like Sarah Jeong will be there helping to excuse it.
Even if the NYTimes give in to pressure and change their minds (if any), that doesn’t mean they can be trusted, only that they were vulnerable to pressure.
- There is some debate over whether releasing “public records on the Internet” really counts as “doxxing”. When WikiLeaks published the database of ICE names/addresses, they claimed it wasn’t “doxxing” because the information was already available. This was backed up by several supporters, including Llama and Caitlin Johnstone. (Although, to be fair, Medium and many other Web sites took it down.)
Personally, I think you were within your rights to use such tactics against the people who did this to you, although I’d probably have been more strategic about it. I’d be interested to know how such doxxing is seen in China?
You are, of course, entitled to make your own choices how you handle this issue, but I’m wondering whether making a larger point about the NYTimes untrustworthiness for others in China might not be more effective, especially if you have access to channels they can’t interfere with. (Of course I don’t know your risk model, so my suggestion could well be completely off-base.)
Anyway, great article.