[FONT=“Georgia”]So here’s one for you.
I don’t know how many of us were keeping an eye on this, but there’s a well-known journalism website that encourages persons (eg. employees of governments or large corporations) with access to sensitive but pertinent (to public wellbeing or critical news) documents to anonymously submit to them to the site.
They verify the data is true as best they can, then publish for all to see. It’s done in the name of promoting transparency.
They’ve exposed, among other things, banking corruption in Iceland, an Internet blacklist in Australia, military corruption in Morocco, and an infamous video of a helicopter attack against civilians in Iraq.
On the other side, there are those concerned that a website like this could undermine legitimate war efforts in some situations (for example, by revealing a miliary strategy).
So, speaking very generally and avoiding personal attacks, I’m curious about what you guys think about this brand of journalism.
Is it journalism?
Do you believe a website like this (and perhaps more like these in future?) are a necessity in today’s world, or a potential menace?
Do you believe there are situations when sensitive information should be hidden from the public?.. Which is to say, does the “for your own good” argument ever hold water?
The method of this website is to encourage those with access to important, relevant information to “leak” it. In some cases that is considered illegal, but would you consider it immoral as well, and how necessary are these kinds of methods to journalism on the whole?
I know what I think, but I’m curious about your views.