Friday, May 24, 2019

Could the indictment of Julian Assange endanger future citizen journalism?


Vox has an earlier story (April 12) explaining what the indictment of Julian Assange means for freedom or the press, link

David Greene and Kurt Opsahl of Electronic Frontier Foundation warn of the gravity of the newer indictments (which require extradition).
  
If is common and acceptable for national security journalists to probe whistleblowers.  What may not be acceptable is to encourage hacking. 


Yet journalists have gone undercover always, even posing as hourly workers at Food Lion (which was a “breach of loyalty” or “conflict of interest”).

A Guardian article points out that there is no statutory definition of journalism, which maybe a good thing, which makes the permissive attitude toward civilian journalism possible.

Here's an article by Geoffrey R. Stone of the University of Pennsylvania on journalist's publishing classified information.  But how far may they go in seeking it>  
  
This case could, in theory, matter for how hosting companies write terms of service.

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