Freedom Of The Press Foundation Sets Up Shop To Help Fund Journalism Disruptors Like Wikileaks

from the good-to-see dept

This is cool to see. An absolutely awesome group of folks have set up a project called the Freedom of the Press Foundation, which is raising money to donate to various online projects that (you guessed it) help create a more free and open press. Part of the idea is that by funneling money through a foundation like this one, projects like Wikileaks can more easily get funded, without risk of being cut off individually (a la Wikileaks being cut off from most funding sources). Of course, it's not just Wikileaks, but sites like Muckrock, which we've used for a while to help with our Freedom of Information Act requests and some other "citizen journalism" sites.

Among the high profile folks behind the site are Daniel Ellsberg, of the Pentagon Papers fame, some EFFers, including founder John Perry Barlow and activists Trevor Timm (who's the executive director of this new project) and Rainey Reitman. Then there are people like journalists Glenn Greenwald, Josh Stearns and Xeni Jardin, and filmmaker Laura Poitras (who is working on a film about Wikileaks and internet freedom, and has been "detained and interrogated about her work at the U.S. border over 40 times.") And also actor John Cusack -- whose name appears a bit out of place, but he's been active in these kinds of issues.

I hope the project works out well. It's something that is clearly needed.

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    Wally (profile), 18 Dec 2012 @ 9:51am

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    I did not attack Techdirt, my net made perfect sense for what my views on proper journalism are. All I'm trying to say is that you cannot just leave information in the open, as Wikileaks had, without some common sense to interperate the implications and meanings behind the document which is deemed classified when if shouldn't be.

    I should clarify and extrapolate a bit on what I said.

    True journalists will always go out of their way to risk their lives and their careers, at times, to expose corruption in the system. Techdirt is a disruptive media source at times, and the difference I see between how things are reported from Wikileaks vs Techdirt is that the Techdirt staff go out of their way to give you why they report what they report. In no way was my statement attacking Mike Mansick and those who contribute to Techdirt. I am commending them for not being a bat shit crazy organization that Wikileaks is.

    As for the classified information that should not have been exposed. Some people in certain regions outside the US do not like this nation, its people, or for the freedoms the average US citizen has...most fail to understand them. When you release Estimated Times of Arrival for dignitarys in extremely unstable regions if the world, that's where my line was drawn for Wikileaks. My problem with Wikileaks lays in the fact that the US's global representatives' lives are in danger when that information is released. The current US presidency is a huge pansy for covering up minor diplomatic mistakes for which everyone, including the president himself, should be able to laugh with. Wikileaks released the embarrassing stuff too, but the intent was clearly to demoralize and defame the US further than it already has done itself with this current administration.

    My disagreement was not towards the group funding disruptive media. I condone it. I would not be reading here if I didn't. It's the fact that somehow Wikileaks seems to fall in that category of beyond reasonable reporting. That's all.

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