After the miners were freed, many journalists offered them a lot of money for interviews. Outlets engaging in this practice included some of the most recognized media institutions in the world. Maclean’s did not pay a cent.
I think this was the right decision. In general I don’t like the practice of paying interview subjects, and if a journalist does so, I think he or she has an obligation to make that clear in the resulting reportage. I would genuinely appreciate readers’ thoughts on this.