The Honest News?

// Posted by on 02/28/2012 (11:26 PM)

Wiki-leaks creator Julian Assange has been under heavy fire the past few years with his honest posts about what is truly going on in the world. The website has been criticized and governments have attempted to shut it down but it stays strong. Is there a reason? Assange believes so.

Early this month Phylicia posted about how America receives watered down news in comparison to other countries and its true. Like Assange says Wiki-leaks is a site where you can get true information about things that are happening that we are not being told. Some may say that there is a reason we aren’t being told, that its to protect us or the people it involves, but shouldn’t it be our decision? This can also be tied to our discussion on the war in the Middle East. Although we know we are in a war, we don’t really know why we are there or what is actually going on, Wiki-leaks gives us actual information and gives us the option of knowing what is going on.

So is Wiki-leaks something that needs to stick around or to governments have the right idea in trying to shut it down?

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Kelsey said...

I’ve recently read The Elements of Journalism by Bill Kovach and Tom Rosenstiel. In their book the list and elaborate on the elements of journalism that every journalist should follow and every citizen should expect. Wiki-leaks isn’t exactly a news source but based on the 10 elements Kovach and Rosenstiel list, I think Wiki-leaks should stick around.
“1) Journalism’s first obligation is to the truth
2) Its first loyalty to citizens
3) Its essence is a discipline of verification
4) Practitioners should remain independent from what they’re covering
5) Must serve as an independent monitor of power
6) Must provide a forum for public criticism and compromise
7) It must strive to making the significant interesting and relevant
8) It must keep the news comprehensive and in proportion
9) Its practitioners have an obligation to exercise their personal conscience
10) Citizens have rights and responsibilities too when it comes to the news.”

// 02/29/2012 at 2:05 pm

Natalie said...

I think that these types of leaks are critical in order for our society to remain informed. This type of information begins to reveal how much is hidden from us. We are not as informed as we believe we are. Just because we solicit ourselves as a democracy we believe that our voice is heard and that the powers at large are being honest with us. My only fear with these types of hackers is that they threaten the government. When power is threatened it usually reacts. Has our ability to hack created a backlash of more severe censorship that we are yet aware of?

// 02/29/2012 at 9:41 pm

Allison said...

While I appreciate that Wiki-leaks provides people with information I am skeptical of the “inside scoop” mentality. There is something about wiki-leaks that feels a bit uncomfortable in the sense that the content was not intended for me. I think as citizens we need to hold the government accountable. Wiki-leaks seems to be a way to do that. With a system in place like this maybe governments will hope true to their principals and do as they should not as they say they should.

// 03/01/2012 at 2:07 pm