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1 Social Responsibility of Journalism & Media: The WikiLeaks Controversy Professor Eric Freedman 29 September 2011 Ericinlithuania.wordpress.com

2 Common Themes Professional ethical standards in theory and in practice. Conflicts between multiple roles of journalists as professionals & citizens. Impact of changing communication technologies & economic models on ethical practices.

3 Lecture Outline Background on WikiLeaks, Julian Assange & leaked documents Ethical & legal questions Political factors Competing values of “free flow of information,” national interests and government secrets Reactions to the leaks WikiLeaks & Arab Spring Is WikiLeaks a journalistic organization? Other issues

4 Julian Assange

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7 Revolution Truth: In Defense of WikiLeaks & Assange

8 President Dalia Grybauskaite & U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton

9 Lithuania in WikiLeaks “President Dalia Grybauskaite intervened to prevent the transfer of inmates to Guantanamo” “NATO has developed a contingency plan for the Baltic states”

10 Angry Response: Chief Minister Mayawati of India’s Uttar Pradesh state

11 Highlighting Contradictory Positions on Issues: Climate Change

12 U.S. Newspaper Editorial Cartoon

13 “Cuba will translate and publish more than 2,000 US diplomatic WikiLeaks cables that pertain to the Communist-ruled island in a bid to highlight US ‘imperialist’ policy.”

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25 Scenes from the Arab Spring

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