Assange: Best journalism on WikiLeaks cables hasn't come from U.S., Europe

Journalism.co.uk

The day after WikiLeaks received an Australian journalism award and a year after it released U.S. diplomatic cables, Julian Assange told a journalism conference in Hong Kong that journalists in countries such as India, Costa Rica, El Salvador and Kenya have done the best reporting with the cables. "Those journalists are more courageous, hard working and often younger than ones in older democracies. And for them the stakes are higher and therefore journalism has more ability to impact the power structures within the country." Rachel McAthy reports that Assange also contended that most journalists aim "to crawl up the ladder of power to become associated with power." || Related: WikiLeaks delays launch of new anonymous submission system (Financial Times)

  • Steve Myers

    Steve Myers was the managing editor of Poynter.org until August 2012, when he became the deputy managing editor and senior staff writer for The Lens, a nonprofit investigative news site in New Orleans.

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