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A Salute to Bradley Manning, Whistleblower, As We Hear His Words For The First Time

from Boing Boing by Daniel Ellsberg
L: A young Daniel Ellsberg, whistleblower and former U.S. military analyst. R: PFC Bradley Manning, 24; former Army intelligence analyst.
Today, the Freedom of the Press Foundation, an organization that I co-founded and for which I serve on the board, has published an audio recording of Bradley Manning?s speech to a military court from two weeks ago, in which he gives his reasons and motivations for leaking over 700,000 government documents to WikiLeaks.
Whoever made this recording, and I don?t know who the person is, has done the American public a great service. This marks the first time the American public can hear Bradley Manning, in his own voice, explain what he did and how he did it.
After listening to this recording and reading his testimony, I believe Bradley Manning is the personification of the word whistleblower.

Impact of Manning case on media: “Death to Whistleblowers?”

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin
“If successful, the prosecution will establish a chilling precedent: national security leaks may subject the leakers to a capital prosecution or at least life imprisonment. Anyone who holds freedom of the press dear should shudder at the threat that the prosecution?s theory presents to journalists, their sources and the public that relies on them.” Floyd Abrams and Yochai Benkler, in a NYT op-ed published today.

In case you missed: Bradley Manning has a voice

from Boing Boing by Xeni Jardin

The newsonomics of a news company of the future

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Ken Doctor

Reuters editor accused of conspiring with Anonymous

from Hurriyet Daily News
United States federal authorities charged a Reuters social media editor on March 14 with conspiring with the hacktivist group Anonymous.

The BBC yet again presents a right wing think-tank?s work as objective research

from open Democracy News Analysis – by Mel Kelly
It looks like a public body. It sounds like a public body. But Scotland’s Commission on School Reform is the child of a privately-funded right wing think-tank. Why does the BBC play along?

Our first-ever Google Journalism Fellowship winners

from The Official Google Blog by Emily Wood
More than 2,300 students from across the globe applied for the first Google Journalism Fellowship. The interest the Fellowship attracted clearly demonstrates the need for these types of opportunities, especially as the worlds of journalism and technology increasingly become one.

?We?re going to tell people how to interview databases?: The rise of data (big and small) in journalism

from Nieman Journalism Lab by Caroline O’Donovan

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