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Griffith Review - Rebel, Public Nuisance and Dreamer: Julian Assange Standing Alone
At the launch of the celebrated quarterly journal Griffith REVIEW 32: Wicked Problems, Exquisite Solutions, UK journalist Barbara Gunnell outlines the arguments from her lead essay exploring ‘Whistleblowers, Wikileaks and Journalism’ with fellow journalist Margaret Simons.
Gunnell and Simons discuss various questions relating to the organisation’s formation and context, and the reactions it has spawned — angering the US government and inspiring youths in Africa and the Middle East to rebel against their leaders. Is Assange a journalist? How did he come to found Wikileaks, and would something like it have emerged without him?
Through this compelling conversation, we explore how mainstream media outlets have dealt with Wikileaks as both information source and controversy. Are Assange and his organisation acting responsibly? Are heads of state and journalists?