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Wikileaks and traditional media: a different way to inform Wikileaks and traditional media: a different way to inform

Wikileaks and traditional media: a different way to inform

Assange’s project developed the manner people look at journalism
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The way information is spread changed a lot over the last years. Leaks became more and more common. Wikileaks continued dumping information on the internet. While many people seem eager to find and share information, not everyone agrees on what should be published. With many people agreeing on what Wikileaks published, the question arose if it’s really necessary to put every single detail in the documents they publish. If we get a closer look on what content Wikileaks spread and how they spread it, we can see there are several clashes with the traditional media.

Raw information

Wikileaks released footage of the so-called ‘Collateral Murder’ footage from the 12 July 2007 Baghdad airstrike. In this video, you can see how Iraqi journalists and Reuters’ journalists died. It’s very touching and delicate footage which they just threw on Youtube.

Traditional media, such as “The New York Times” or “The Guardian”, would never work in this way. People involved in this airstrike could have been recognized. This could’ve put them and their family in great danger. The soldiers who shot the people were not recognized even though the victims were. Seeing what risk the founder of Wikileaks, Julian Assange, took here you can distinguish the difference in the purpose of Assange and other traditional journalists. Wikileaks’ purpose is to inform people about what’s happening in the world without editing the information or without really thinking about the consequences. When we see or read something from traditional media, we know some journalists have already checked it before.

Verified sources

Another main clash is that mostly traditional media’s influenced by politics. Sometimes political regimes restricted them, while Wikileaks doesn’t need approval from anyone. They will always protect their sources. The difference with the other media is that Wikileaks not always knows who the source is so they can’t check it. Traditional journalism makes sure that they know their sources and can verify them. But the last years, consumers of traditional media lost their faith because of several cases which proved that sometimes even traditional journalists don’t check their sources. So the difference is a little hypothetical: it should be that way but sometimes it isn’t.

The biggest thing that they both have in common is that they want to spread information all over the world, but the differences lay in the way they do it. Wikileaks publishes raw, unedited information while traditional media edits their news. This sometimes makes it hard to keep faith.

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