Monday, January 27, 2020
Glenn Greenwald's legal problems: reporting is considered cybercrime in authoritarian countries
James Risen has a major op-ed in the New York Times, “The New Threat to Journalists”, or “Reporters Face New Threats from the Governments they Cover”.
Essentially, they might be charged with hacking or violations of information access laws, and this has been particularly the case with Glenn Greenwald and Bolsonaro in Brazil.
There is some interesting discussion as to whether Assange’s Wikileaks is a platform or a publisher, comparable to the debate on Section230 today!
There is still the disturbing idea that journalists build their reputation outside existing tiers of authority and political competition, and don’t have “skin in the game”.