"One of the things that strikes me consistently as a journalist is how badly my profession deals with the information Wikileaks releases. There have been a lot of examples, particularly in the developing world, of journalists who have taken the information and used it constructively, cleverly etc. In the Western world - in my country Australia, particularly in the US, in parts of Europe, in Britain as well - you've seen a litany of journalists: the NY Times, The Guardian and others, who have often taken the information from Wikileaks, used it, and then spewed out Wikileaks somehow as an irrelevant force.
In my mind... [it's] because they feel challenged and threatened. One of the things Wikileaks does... is challenge the sycophantic relationship between the corporate press and the political elites.
Why in the last years has a small website, with very few resources released more leaks than all of the corporate press combined for the last decades?"
Antony Loewenstein, author of "The Blogging Revolution", is a Sydney-based independent freelance journalist, author, documentarian, photographer and blogger. He has written for the Sydney Morning Herald, The Australian, The Guardian, Juan Cole, Mondoweiss, Washington Post, New Statesman, Huffington Post, The Daily Star, The National, Al Akhbar English, Dawn, Haaretz, The Nation, BBC World Service, Adbusters, Al Masry Alyoum, Tehelka, Sydney’s Sun-Herald, New Zealand Herald, Sydney Ideas Quarterly, The Australian Financial Review, Melbourne’s Age, Brisbane’s Courier Mail, Canberra Times, Online Opinion, ABC Unleashed/The Drum, Amnesty International Australia, Green Left Weekly, Eureka Street, Kill Your Darlings, Tikkun, Adelaide’s Advertiser, The Bulletin, Znet, Overland, Sydney PEN, The Big Issue, Counterpunch and many others.
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