Wikileaks: A Journalist’s Perspective

By Steve Byers

It’s interesting that the best discussion of the implications of the Wikileaks situation from the point of view of freedom of the press that I’ve seen so far comes from German site Spiegel Online.

Spiegel Online’s Thomas Darnstadt argues that press freedom has come under attack ever since 9/11 and that “the U.S. government has transformed itself into a huge security apparatus.” He makes a strong case for fighting back in the article titled “Is Treason a Civic Duty?”

Press freedom is vital, he argues, and this essay will cause the reader to question current assumptions.

Steve Byers is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Journalism at Marquette University’s Diederich College of Communication.

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