Sunday, April 11, 2010



The emergence of the WikiLeaks site into public prominence – as a self-styled intelligence agency for the people, making public secret documents outside of national and legal restraints – has been applauded and criticised in equal measure. It is certainly an important new development in the history of journalism and once more demonstrates the power of the web.

The best single article I have so far read on the subject is Who watches WikiLeaks? by Chris McGreal

There is a good background history on Wikipedia.

Comment is free by Henry Porter contrasts the Icelandic Modern Media Initiative, which aims to make the country a haven for investigative journalism, with the new British legislation, the Digital Economy Bill, recently rushed through Parliament, which has been widely criticised.

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