“Freedom of speech, of the press, of association, of assembly and petition — this set of guarantees,protected by the First Amendment, comprises what we refer to as freedom of expression” (aclu.org).
How free are these rights really? Americans are constantly testing their rights andseeing how far they can go before they are censored or imprisoned. However, perhaps certain things should be censored and speech should not be overstepped such as flag burning and demeaning religions. One can argue for hours about the first amendme
nt but what about when the truth is being censored from us?
would not be shown by traditional news outlets. They believing in “leaking” the truth through anonymity so that traditional journalists can pick it up and create stories. Although they have battled several legal attacks to try and silence them they have triumphed with “fearless efforts to get unvarnished truth out to the public” (wikileaks.org).
An article by Lindgren and Lundström discusses how #wikileaks has captured the attention of twitter users and created social movements online. It is a good place to make a social movement because “once a document is published it is nearly impossible to censor” (1001). This company is utilizing digital tools to campaign and create cultural change.
The public should be thrilled about this, but I think it is disheartening that something like this is needed in the first place. This brings me to the usual saying no news is good news, is it, or does it simply mean a moment of censorship?
The advancement of new media has given rise to the citizen journalist and through wikileaks one is able to submit information anonymously; the company has yet to have an issue with revealing sources personal information.
As digital media becomes more relevant for everyone and continues to advance it is going to become more difficult to censor publications. There are already multiple mediums and expert hackers dying to break down barriers. At some point the “authorities” aren’t going to be able to keep up.
For the time being, if someone witnesses something first hand that they believe should be public knowledge or they feel someone is trying to cover something up, they should have a medium such as wikileaks to make the information public.