Scientology Seeks Investigative Journalists for a Potential Media Fight-BackS

Freedom magazine, the church's official reporting arm, wants "experienced investigative reporters" in the Tampa Bay area - precisely where the St. Petersburg Times, a newspaper which recently published a critical series on the church, is based.

Here's Freedom's response to that excellent series. (Yes, I'm linking it twice - it seems like an expensive project and they might as well get some clicks out of it.)

And here's an excerpt from the ad on journalismjobs.com, via Romenesko via True/Slant:

Freedom, published by the Church of Scientology since 1968, covers human rights and social betterment issues and does investigative reporting in the public interest. Projects for this particular assignment are in the Tampa Bay, Florida area for the most part, but investigation can be conducted by phone and through Internet research.

Part of the ad reveals Freedom's motto: "investigative reporting in the public interest." Which is firmly in the tradition of Fox News and various dictatorships (the 'Democratic Republic' always means 'the hideous dictatorship'). The church are not afraid to get personal when they feel they've been slighted, which is all the time, and I've emailed the address listed on the job listing to ask precisely which 'human rights and social betterment issues" they want reporters in the Tampa Bay area to look into.