The Julian Assange Case: A Threat to Journalism?
Wikileaks founder Julian Assange faces multiple charges of violating the Espionage Act in the United States for obtaining classified information that he later published. While there is some disagreement in the media community about whether Assange is a “journalist,” some of his actions resemble the work that mainstream journalists do to uncover sensitive stories. Should they be worried about his potential prosecution?
The Media School’s Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies will examine that question with a panel of experts, moderated by associate professor Anthony Fargo, director of CIMLAPS:
- Doug Haddix, executive director of Investigative Reporters and Editors
- Kathy Kiely, Lee Hills Chair in Free Press Studies at the University of Missouri
- Ron Nixon, international investigations editor for the Associated Press
The event is free and open to the public. Funding for the event is provided by the Barbara Restle Press Law Project.