WikiLeaks: If you want a credible opinion…know the facts
Saturday, 1 January, 2011 Leave a comment
Julian Assange and WikiLeaks have, understandably, figured prominently in the headlines over the last few months.For plenty of people the draw appears to be the sideshow surrounding the charges against him in Sweden. But most “right-minded” people recognise that there is a great deal at stake for the future our society…how Governments conduct their business (on behalf of its citizens), how sensitive information is secured and the role of the free-press.
…If WikiLeaks is prosecuted for conducting a journalistic enterprise, what rights will be stripped from journalists in the future? One of the most respected journalistic institutions in the world, the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, is speaking out. Earlier this month, 20 faculty members drafted and signed a letter to President Obama and Attorney General Eric Holder saying that WikiLeaks’ prosecution will set a “dangerous precedent for reporters in any publication or medium, potentially chilling investigative journalism and other First Amendment-protected activity … Prosecution in the WikiLeaks case would greatly damage American standing in free-press debates worldwide and would dishearten those journalists looking to this nation for inspiration.”
The Walkley Foundation, an institution of journalism in Assange’s home of Australia, put it more succinctly in its own letter of support for WikiLeaks: “To aggressively attempt to shut WikiLeaks down, to threaten to prosecute those who publish official leaks, and to pressure companies to cease doing commercial business with WikiLeaks, is a serious threat to democracy, which relies on a free and fearless press.”
Shredding the corporate media’s malicious attacks on WikiLeaks.