Posted by Lindsay Scarpello
The practice of journalism is all about keeping the public informed while maintaining ethical and social responsibility. But since the dawn of the internet, the world of journalism has morphed into a 24/7 news wire, allowing for less accuracy and the release of some questionable content. WikiLeaks–“an international new media non-profit organization that publishes submissions of otherwise unavailable documents from anonymous news sources and leaks.”– is rapidly becoming an example of a media outlet that some might call “questionable”.
Today, WikiLeaks revealed “questionable” content when they released a list of sites worldwide the United States government deemed high-risk for terrorist attacks. The Associated Press reported that government officials consider this leak “damaging” because it may provide a hit list to potential adversaries. This isn’t the first “questionable” information WikiLeaks has released, but another in a long string of secret U.S. documents.
Some argue that the information WikiLeaks has released isn’t questionable because it serves as information the public should know. Regardless, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange is currently facing termination of the site due to the Swiss shutting down his bank account in an attempt to halt the site from publishing any more secret documents.
What do you guys think? Is WikiLeaks releasing information it shouldn’t? Is WikiLeaks lending a bad name to the practice and profession of journalism?