Unspun had a whiff that there was something happening at Reuters recently (see here). The news is now out  in Greenslade and The Baron (here and here).

The composite picture from all these reports is rather confusing as,there is not enough information to see how the punishment fitted the “crime. Unspun’s been told, however, that the actual conversation on the chat room involved Japanese women, not the best thing to talk about at anytime and certainly not in a chat room just after the Japan earthquake.

Opens up the whole issue of what’s acceptable newsroom banter these days, especially if you’re in a public chat room.